Friday, August 21, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Cabbies Beware!

Is this going to be the new trend in pro sports this year?

Not long after Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin were accused of punching out a Buffalo, NY, cabbie, another professional athlete is accused of the exact same thing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, who’s twice been involved in altercations with teammates since joining the Bucs in 2008, was arrested and charged with simple battery and resisting arrest without violence on Wednesday night after police say he he punched a cab driver.

Seriously, what is wrong with people these days?!

The police report says the 23-year-old punched the driver in the neck and ear after he picked up Talib and two other men outside a St. Petersburg nightclub.

If you thought the story, true or not, of the Kane cousins getting aggressive over 20 cents owed in change was insane, you’ll love this one.

Tampa Bay Online talked to the taxi driver on Thursday – this one wasn’t about money at all, as the group paid $50 up front for the ride. According to the cab driver, it was about…well, he’s not sure!

David Duggan says he didn’t even exchange words with Talib before the fists started flying a few minutes into the drive!

Duggan told TBO:

“I thought I was getting robbed. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t know these guys were Tampa Bay football players. I thought I was done.”

Duggan, who says he’s never been in a fight in his life, said it was like a “hungry lion going after a chicken."

To make matters worse, it was Duggan’s third day driving a cab – he’d been a tow truck driver for the past two years but recently lost his job.

The matter is now in the hands of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who loves to flex that personal conduct policy the league strictly enforces.

So far though, the league will only say “we will look into it.”

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