A few days ago, former star NFL cornerback Aqib Talib’s brother, Yaqub, turned himself in for murder after a deadly shooting a youth football game.
As more details emerge, we now know that Aqib may have been responsible for starting the altercation that resulted in the death of coach Mike Hickmon.
An opposing coach that was coaching during the game went on Jason Whitlock’s show, and recalled the tragic incident:
“Aqib incited the whole uproar. The game would’ve never been stopped had Aqib not come over to our sideline to yell at the refs.”
Witnesses state that Aqib went off after a flag was thrown on the nine-and-under team he sponsored, and he ran across the field and began to chew the refs out.
The opposing team’s defensive coordinator told Whitlock:
“That’s what was so weird. All of the tension was between them and the refs. There was no problem between the coaches. We all know each other. Kerry Lewis and Yaqub coached together.
I followed Aqib his whole career, starting at Kansas. The other thing is that it was their event. They were the hosts. They hired and paid the refs. The refs weren’t cheating for us.”
As the verbal altercation worsened, the game was cancelled.
That’s when the 43-year-old man went to go grab a football that was near the Talib brothers, along with a few others.
The coach then began to pick up the ball, and Aqib swung on him, and the coach retaliated by hitting Aqib with a yardage marker.
As the brawl worsened, the coach tried to escape from the fight, and a few seconds later he dropped the yardage marker and five shots rang out, killing him.
Deepest condolences with thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, former teammates, and players of Coach Mike Hickmon, who was tragically murdered at a little league football game that took place yesterday evening in Lancaster Texas.. The adults are always ruining it for kids pic.twitter.com/easHjoeQk7
“There’s no justification for having a weapon at a kids’ football game. It’s 90 degrees outside and you’re wearing a black hoodie. None of it makes sense. Our babies were all there. Yaqub’s kids were there. Mike’s kids.
Football fields are supposed to be a safe haven for these kids. This is where they go to get away from the street life. They come here to feel safe. It’s not like that anymore.”
Aqib’s attorney assured the outlet that the story was portrayed inaccurately.
Yaqub later turned himself in to the Lancaster, Texas police, and has been charged with murder.