Aqib Talib Stepping Away from “Thursday Night Football” Job with Amazon After His Brother is Charged with Murder of Youth Football Coach

Former NFL defensive back Aqib Talib was originally hired as a broadcaster for Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football.” (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

Aqib Talib will be taking time away from broadcasting “Thursday Night Football” on Amazon to focus on his family after his brother was charged with murder, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The former NFL defensive back, 36, and his brother Yaqub Talib, 39, were allegedly involved in a fight that left a youth football coach shot dead.

This booking photo released by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, shows Yaqub Salik Talib. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

The Talib brothers jointly coach the North Dallas United Bobcats, a youth football team, and allegedly started a brawl with opposing coaches and referees on Aug. 13 in Lancaster, Texas. A disagreement between coaching staffs reportedly became physical, with Aqib Talib allegedly throwing a punch at Dragons Elite Academy coach Mike Hickmon.

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According to police, Yaqub Talib then shot Hickmon, leaving the 43-year-old father of three with wounds in his chest, back and forearm. Hickmon later died in a nearby hospital.

Yaqub Talib later surrendered himself to police on Aug. 15 after a murder warrant was put out for his arrest.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Christopher Scarglato

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