Witnesses are coming forward to accuse Aqib Talib of starting a brawl that led to his brother allegedly shooting and killing a coach.
On Monday, Aqib’s brother Yaqub turned himself in to police after he was identified as the main suspect in the deadly shooting of youth football coach Mike Hickmon at a pee wee football game over the weekend.
BREAKING: 39-year-old Yaqub Talib has turned himself into the Dallas County Jail. Talib has been wanted for the shooting death of a little league football coach over the weekend in Lancaster, TX.
Talib is the brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib. pic.twitter.com/yzzcL7mqqZ
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Multiple witnesses have now come forward to say that Aqib threw the first punch that sparked the brawl that led to Yaqub allegedly shooting Hickmon.
Eyewitness: “Aqib (Talib) started this. He was the first person to throw a punch. Out of all of the people, he was the one person who could have de-escalated the situation. He was the one person we all would’ve listened to. He could’ve stopped it all.”https://t.co/Ertyl7tJl3
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Coaches for the Dragon Elite Academy, the team Hickmon served as an assistant coach, blame Aqib Talib for sparking the tragedy.
“Aqib incited the whole uproar,” Dragon Elite coach Kerry Lewis said during a phone interview Monday night. “The game would’ve never been stopped had Aqib not come over to our sideline to yell at the refs.”
Dragon Elite defensive coordinator Marty Barnett added: “Aqib started this. He was the first person to throw a punch. Out of all of the people, he was the one person who could have de-escalated the situation. He was the one person we all would’ve listened to. He could’ve stopped it all.”
Aqib’s lawyers have already responded to the witnesses accusing the former NFL player of sparking the melee that led to the tragic shooting.
Aqib Talib’s attorney, Frank Perez, strongly disputed the accusation that his client sparked the brawl.
“That story is inaccurate,” Perez said Tuesday afternoon. “You need to talk with all of the witnesses, not just the opposing coaches. I will be more than happy to make a statement at the end of the week, when we’ve conducted a full investigation.”