It looks like Aqib Talib's honesty is going to cost him at least one game check.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Denver defensive back could be looking at a suspension when the 2016 season starts.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL will consider suspending Talib for his admittedly intentional and blatant decision to grab, twist, yank, and pull Brown’s facemask under circumstances that resulted in a small impact on field position, since Brown was inside the Denver five yard line.
The league office will examine Talib’s conduct within the confines of the normal course of post-game evaluations. Talib’s history will be a factor, along with his comments reflecting clear intent to violate an important safety rule.
Aqib Talib's vicious Super Bowl facemask penalty wasn't an accident. The Broncos defensive back knew what he was doing.
The Super Bowl champion admitted to USA TODAY after the game that his second personal foul of the day on Panthers WR Corey Brown was on purpose.
“[The facemask] I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine, but, hey, we’re world champs.”
That was Talib's second personal foul before halftime and if you were paying attention to commissioner Roger Goodell's pre-Super Bowl press conference, then you know that the NFL is looking at a rule change that could result in an ejection after a player racks up two personal foul penalties. We have the whole Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. fiasco to potentially thank for that.
Talib got an earlier personal foul for taunting Panthers receiver Philly Brown that helped extend a Carolina drive. Talib said he was just having "a regular conversation" with Brown.
Whatever fine the NFL hands down, Talib can cover it with the $97,000 winning share he earned.
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