A day after the coaches’ disagreement over a youth soccer game in Lancaster, Texas escalated into a scuffle and fatal shooting, authorities are hunting for Yaqub Talib, the brother of the former defender. NFL corner Aqib Talib, who they call a “wanted suspect.”
Talib, 39, was charged with murder, the Lancaster Police Department told The Daily Beast on Sunday night. The charge was first reported by TMZ Sports.
Police say the shooting in Lancaster Community Park took place just before 9pm on Saturday. With children on the field, many adults can be seen screaming in the footage of the incident, with the sound of gunfire and screams interrupting as someone in the crowd is said to have pulled out a gun. .
According to Lancaster police, one of the trainers was injured in the shooting, who has not been identified. Several social media reports identified him as Michael Hickmon, with some who appeared to be members of Hickmon’s family having changed their Facebook cover or profile pictures in memos.
The family did not issue a public statement on Sunday night.
But the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office confirms Dallas Morning News that a 43-year-old man named Michael Hickmon died at the hospital on Saturday night. His cause of death was not immediately determined by the medical examiner.
Aqib Talib, who is three and a half years younger than his brother, was also present at Saturday’s match, his lawyer confirmed to TMZ. The former full-back “is deeply saddened and devastated by this terrible loss of life. He extends his condolences to the victim’s family and all who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy,” the lawyer added.
Aqib was not named in a Sunday press release from Lancaster police. In 2020, he retired after nearly 15 years playing in the league, after winning the Super Bowl 50 championship with the Denver Broncos. His career also includes appearances in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and Los Angeles Rams. He is currently working as a commentator for Fox Sports.
In April 2015, both brothers were investigated by the Dallas Police Department following an alleged aggravated assault involving a firearm at a nightclub. Police suspended the investigation the same month, and neither Aqib nor Yaqub have been arrested or charged in connection with the case.
“Where we grew up, you fought faster than usual,” Yaqub said The Denver Post in a 2015 profile of his brother. “You don’t want someone to see a weakness. That’s the culture we grew up in… Looking back at it, I think it created an attitude against our world.”
James Proche, a broad receiver from Dallas who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens, expressed grief and disappointment over the shooting. “A gun for a youth soccer game?” he tweeted on Sunday. “Another life was taken for no reason. another black kid growing up without a father. we have to do better than Dallas. Pride is never worth the consequences. “