Last year, the brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib was indicted on a murder charge by a Texas grand jury for the shooting death of a youth football coach. 10 months after the indictment, Yaqub Talib has pleaded guilty to the crime.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Yaqub entered a guilty plea for shooting and killing 43-year-old Michael Hickmon on Aug. 13 at a football game in Lancaster, Texas last year. When he returns to court for sentencing on Aug. 7, he will be facing a prison term of 37 years according to Claire Crouch, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office.
Hickmon was shot multiple times after a physical fight broke out between competing coaching staff due to a disputed call made by referees during the football game. The altercation took place at Lancaster Community Park after a football scrimmage between 9-year-old players from two teams — the Dragon Elite Academy and the North Dallas United Bobcats.
Video footage as well as eyewitness testimony implicated Yaqub om the killing.
Yaqub’s brother, Aqib who retired from the NFL the previous year in 2021, financed the North Dallas United Bobcats. Both brothers had sons who played on the team. Aqib’s son was a running back, and Yaqub’s son played quarterback for the Bobcats.
A video leading up to the violent incident on the football field revealed that Aqib was the person who started the brawl that his brother, Yaqub, ended by firing the fatal bullets into Hickmon, WFAA reported.
” He ran across the field and ran over on our sideline and got in the ref’s face,” one person who witnessed the brawl, Heith Mayes, said. Several other people said Aqib started the altercation when he became upset about the referees’ calls during the football game.
Late last year, Hickman’s family filed a lawsuit against both brothers.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the paperwork was filed in Dallas County. The family is suing Big XII Sports League and Family Services, along with the Talib brothers, accusing the league of failing to vet coaches and to provide a safe environment and adequate security.
Yaqub Talib, Brother of Former NFL Player Aqib Talib Faces 37 Years After Pleading Guilty to Killing Football Coach