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Bucs’ Talib, FJ Cheek have confrontation



Week 12: Buccaneers at Ravens

Tampa-based beat reporters witnessed an argument involving the Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and field judge Boris Cheek. Talib was upset at a pass interference call against fellow cornerback Myron Lewis (Update 11/29: has video of the penalty) and apparently confronted Cheek after the game near the locker room. According to Anwar Richardson in the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times’ Rick Stroud, the two-way critique between Talib and Cheek progressed like this:

Talib: “You made a pussy call.”

Cheek: “You played like a pussy.”

Talib: “I’ll (hit) you in your bitch ass mouth.”

Talib had to be restrained by his teammates. (Why does this remind me more of South Park?) The game supervisor would not comment since the incident did not happen on the field. A league spokesman said they will look into the issue. Carl Cheffers is the crew chief.

File photo of Boris Cheek from 2008.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)