DALLAS - Dallas Police, reporting on the agency's official Twitter account, erroneously reported the arrest of a Denver Broncos player Sunday.
The Dallas Police Department issued a correction to an earlier tweet: Denver Bronco Aqib Talib was not arrested, it was his brother Yaqub Talib.
#BREAKING CORRECTION - Yaqub Talib 31yrs old was arrested. My apologies to Aqib Talib. Original information reported was incorrect.— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 29, 2014
Early Sunday Dallas police tweeted AqibTalib was arrested overnight for public intoxication after a disturbance at a Dallas club.
All three of the tweets by Dallas Police were deleted by Sunday afternoon.
7NEWS Content Producer Justin Adams spoke to Dallas Police Maj. Max Geron after he posted the tweets Sunday, and Geron admitted he could not confirm at that time whether it was Talib or his brother who had been arrested.
Later on Sunday, Geron said there had been a mistake in the initial police report that was emailed to him.
"There was a disturbance involving quite a number of people inside the club, said Geron. "(Yaqub) Talib was escorted from the club to off-duty officers who determined him to be intoxicated. There were reports he had thrown bottles inside the club and was trying to engage people in physical fights."
The officers had "no idea he had a brother with whom to be confused," Geron said.
Aqib Talib said he was at home in bed in Colorado when the arrest happened in Dallas. He was one of the Broncos prized free agent signees, inking a six-year, $57 million on March 12.
ABC affiliate WFAA also reported on the mix-up by Dallas Police:
Maj. Max Geron on the Dallas Police Department communications team tweeted a "breaking story" just before 8 a.m saying officers had arrested Devner Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib outside Synn nightclub in downtown Dallas.
But two major problems quickly emerged. Dallas police learned they did not arrest the Bronco player -- it was his brother, Yaqub.
By the time a correction was sent out nearly three hours later, sports outlets across the country reported what they had trusted was accurate information from an official Twitter account of the Dallas Police Department.
So how did this happen?
In a written statement, police said Aqib Talib's brother told officers at the scene that he played for the NFL, and the supervisor relayed that information to communications staff.
As for the tweet, DPD said "the incorrect information was sent, not in keeping with normal protocol." When asked what "normal protocol" is, the department had no further comment.
Read more at WFAA.com: http://ch7ne.ws/1r3G9z3
Dallas Police Department statement:
June 19, 2014
Arrest of Mr. Yaqub Talib
On June 29, 2014, shortly before 1:45AM, a large number of people attending a party became involved in a verbal and physical altercation inside a club in the 1200 block of Main St. Included in that group was Mr. Yaqub Talib B/M 31 yrs old. Witnesses reported that Mr. Yaqub Talib was intoxicated, had thrown bottles and engaged others in physical confrontations.
A large number of these people were ejected from the club and continued the disturbance outside and Dallas police officers were called to the location. Mr. Yaqub Talib was observed by officers to be the primary instigator in the disturbance. He told officers that he played ball in the NFL and several of those with Mr. Yaqub Talib told officers that he played for the Denver Broncos. Officers attempted to diffuse the situation and instructed everyone to leave but Mr. Yaqub Talib continued the aggressive behavior and officers found him to be a danger to himself and others. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Mr. Yaqub Talib presented his Texas driver’s license as identification.
Supervisors at the scene notified the Communications Section that an NFL player from the Denver Broncos had been arrested but the Communications supervisor did not understand the spelling of the name and said she would google the Broncos’ current roster for the spelling. A supervisor at communications confirmed the correct spelling of the Denver Broncos player as Aqib Talib from that roster and notified the command staff.
Subsequent internal Dallas police emails used both Aqib and Yaqub and listed him as a Denver Broncos football player. The tweet with the incorrect information was sent, not in keeping with normal protocol, and listed the wrong brother as having been arrested.
We regret that this incorrect information was sent and extend our apologies to Mr. Aqib Talib.