The person killed within the capturing, recognized as 43-year-old Michael Hickmon, was reportedly teaching a nine-and-under squad that was taking part in a group related to the Talib brothers.
Aqib Talib “was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” his legal professional, Frank Perez, stated by telephone Monday night. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”
Perez asserted that Talib, 36, was not concerned within the capturing and isn’t needed by police for questioning.
Lancaster police stated that after they responded to a capturing in progress Saturday night at a group park the place the sport was being performed, Hickmon was taken to a hospital and later pronounced useless.
Witnesses advised investigators “there was a disagreement between the opposing coaching staff[s] of two youth football teams over calls made by the officiating crew,” police acknowledged. That was stated to have led to a bodily altercation, at which level the suspect within the capturing allegedly produced a firearm and shot Hickmon a number of occasions. The suspect then fled the scene, taking the firearm with him.
An legal professional for Yaqub Talib, Clark Birdsall, stated in a press release to Dallas information station WFAA that his shopper “regrets the tragic loss of life but went ahead and turned himself into the law this morning so his side of the story could be told.”
“We saw one of our coaches laying down on the ground right there. It was tough,” Mike Freeman, the pinnacle of the youth soccer program for which Hickmon coached, advised WFAA. “More than just a coach. Great father, great man, great role model, great mentor.”
Hickmon’s nine-year-old son was on the sphere on the time of the capturing, per Freeman, who stated that within the wake of the deadly incident it was “very, very, very hard to hold him and console him.”
“I’m lost at words. I don’t know how to explain it to the kids,” Freeman advised WFAA. “That’s the part that I’m stuck on right now. How do I explain it [to] them. Why? This is something that these kids will remember for the rest of their life.”
The @MeanGreenFB household misplaced an incredible one yesterday when Mike Hickmon was killed at his son’s youth soccer sport. Have talked with lots of his former teammates right this moment and everyone seems to be simply gutted. We’re all just a little bit higher for having Hick in our lives. pic.twitter.com/uN5HGlDN6n
— Eric Capper (@Eric_Capper) August 14, 2022
A video that surfaced on-line, purportedly from the incident, reveals a person carrying a “North Dallas United” shirt arguing with an official. The digital camera then pans over to a battle breaking out; when photographs are heard, the digital camera is rapidly pointed to the bottom for a number of moments earlier than specializing in a gaggle of people that look like surrounding a inclined physique, with a aim publish seen within the background.
In response to experiences, the North Dallas United Bobcats had been taking part in an exhibition sport in opposition to the Hickmon-coached D.E.A. Dragons. WFAA reported that each Talib brothers had been coaches for the Bobcats, and Perez stated it was his understanding, too, that Aqib Talib served in that function. The group didn’t instantly reply to a request for clarification.
After starring in highschool within the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Talib performed at Kansas earlier than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made him a first-round choose within the 2008 draft. He signed with the New England Patriots in 2013 and started a run of 5 straight Professional Bowl alternatives that spanned a transfer to the Denver Broncos, with whom Talib gained a Tremendous Bowl in 2016. He reached one other Tremendous Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams after the 2018 season and completed his taking part in profession with that group in 2019.
Talib went on to work as a soccer analyst for Fox Sports activities, and earlier this summer season Amazon introduced he would be part of its studio group for the upcoming season of “Thursday Night Football.”
Along with particular person and group success, Talib’s NFL profession was marked by some tumultuous moments. A Tampa Bay teammate wanted stitches in 2009 after he was by chance hit within the face with a helmet swung by Talib, who was reportedly aiming at one other teammate. After being concerned in a 2016 brawl between his Broncos and the Titans, Talib threatened to beat up a Tennessee huge receiver if their crossed paths on the workplace of their shared agent. In 2017, Talib was suspended two video games by the NFL after a battle with the Raiders’ Michael Crabtree wherein, for the second time in as many seasons, he snatched a gold chain off the huge receiver’s neck.
Talib was arrested in 2009 on prices of straightforward battery and resisting arrest after allegedly assaulting a cab driver in St. Petersburg, Fla. The cornerback was accused by Dallas County authorities in 2011 of pistol-whipping and capturing at his sister’s boyfriend throughout a home dispute; the case was dropped the next 12 months.
In 2014, Dallas police issued a correction stating that they had arrested Yaqub Talib, quite than the then-cornerback, as initially reported, for public intoxication after an alleged disturbance at a Dallas nightclub. In 2015, the brothers had been investigated by Dallas police for doable aggravated assault after an early morning incident at a special nightclub.