Aqib Talib ‘devastated’ as brother surrenders over youth football killing

The brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib has turned himself in after being identified by police as a suspect in the shooting death of a coach at a youth football game in Texas.

Yaqub Talib is suspected in the Saturday night shooting that killed a man, police in the Dallas-area city of Lancaster said. Coaches with the youth team DEA Dragons identified the man killed as coach Mike Hickmon, Dallas TV station WFAA reported. Dragons president Mike Freeman said the dispute began when Hickmon went to pick up a football and someone kicked it away.

“I don’t know how to explain it to the kids. That’s the part that I’m stuck on right now. How do I explain it to them. Why?” Freeman said. “This is something that these kids will remember for the rest of their life.”

Yaqub Talib’s attorney, Clark Birdsall, said his client “regrets the tragic loss of life but self surrendered this morning so that he may have the chance to say his side of the story”. Birdsall declined to elaborate on what Talib’s side of the story is. He is the brother of Aqib Talib, a five-time Pro Bowler who announced his retirement in 2020. Aqib Talib was named last month as a contributor for Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football.

WFAA reported that the brothers are coaches for North Dallas United Bobcats, a youth football team. Aqib Talib’s lawyer issued a statement to TMZ confirming that the former NFL player was present during the shooting and “is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life.”

“He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy,” the statement said.