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GM: Bucs will welcome CB Talib to camp, await legal process

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to stand by cornerback Aqib Talib, general manager Mark Dominik confirmed to the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday.

Talib faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas and will stand trial in March.

"I would like to know exactly what the feeling is from Aqib's defense attorneys to find out exactly where they think this entire process will be heading," Dominik said. "As of now, everyone in Tampa should expect Aqib Talib to show up for the first day or training camp."

The Bucs open training camp Thursday, and Dominik said he plans to sit down with the cornerback to hear his side of the story.

Talib was suspended one game by the NFL during the 2010 season for his involvement in a battery against a taxi driver. The Bucs have fined and disciplined him for a variety of other incidents, including fighting with teammates and screaming at coach Raheem Morris.

Dominik said the league might suspend Talib again, even though it typically waits until after a player has completed the legal process before meting out its own punishment. Dominik wouldn't rule out the Bucs further disciplining Talib.

"I'll talk to the league when it's more appropriate," Dominik said. "We'll get together and put our heads together as far as their thoughts and our thoughts. Certainly they've got to review the case as well, I'm sure. So we'll just wait.

"As an organization, no matter what, we'll still hold ourselves accountable with what we do on and off the football field and we'll still do that as an organization regardless. Our shield is important to us and we will always do everything to make sure it's not tarnished or blemished."

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