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Report: Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib told friends he shot himself

By The Sports Xchange
Report: Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib told friends he shot himself
Denver Broncos Aqib Talib speaks to reporters during the Super Bowl 50 Media Day at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on February 1, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib might not have been the victim of violence when he suffered a gunshot wound in his lower right leg early Sunday.

ABC in Denver reported Tuesday that Talib had told police that he was too intoxicated to remember who shot him in the early morning hours, all while telling those close to him that he actually shot himself.

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Talib said he was at a park and intoxicated when the shooting occurred, local ABC-affiliate WFAA reported on Monday, despite earlier reports stating the incident took place during a fight at a strip club.

"Everything was a blur and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened," Talib told police, according to WFAA's Rebecca Lopez.

Talib did not join the Broncos at the White House on Sunday to celebrate their Super Bowl 50 victory. The Broncos said they planned to meet with Talib and have trainers check his injuries at the earliest available time for all parties.

The NFL is reportedly looking into the incident.

The bullet entered and exited his leg and hit no arteries, the Broncos were told.

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Former Steelers and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was suspended four games by the league when he shot himself in 2008. Burress went to jail for the incident due to New York's relatively harsh penalties for gun violations. His handgun was not registered and state law forbids carrying a weapon in public.

Talib's record will surely be reflected when commissioner Roger Goodell looks into the current situation.

Talib was suspended four games in 2012 for a violation of the performance-enhancing drugs policy and faced charges in 2011, along with his mother, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an altercation with Talib's sister's boyfriend. He had repeated run-ins with teammates early in his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and after a game in November 2010, was restrained by team officials outside the locker room from going after a game official who flagged Talib for a questionable penalty.

In November 2015, Talib was suspended one game for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye. He was fined for multiple personal foul penalties in Super Bowl 50, including an aggressive facemasking penalty.

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