Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Barber clipped $30K for accidental referee swipe
By Len Pasquarelli
Ronde Barber admittedly lost his composure last Sunday and, as a result, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback could lose $30,000 because of an uncharacteristic indiscretion.
Barber was fined $30,000 by the league office Wednesday as a result of his inadvertent swipe of umpire Butch Hannah during last Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. Barber, who was swinging at Jets center Kevin Mawae but missed and hit Hannah, likely will appeal the fine.
Two other prominent players, Baltimore's Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed, were fined $15,000 each for making contact with an official during the Ravens' game in Detroit.
Of the three players, only Suggs was ejected. The Ravens' B.J. Ward, who was ejected from the Baltimore-Detroit game, was not fined.
"I think my dad was more upset about the fine and mom was more
upset because I'm not supposed to get angry on television like
that," Suggs said.
The Barber incident occurred midway through the second quarter following an interception by Jets cornerback Ty Law that gave New York possession at the Bucs' eight-yard line.
On a running play by Curtis Martin that gained three yards, Barber and Mawae became entangled. Barber swung his right hand in the direction of Mawae but hit Hannah near his right eye. The incident drew an unnecessary roughness penalty of three yards, moving the ball to the two-yard line, and Martin scored on the ensuing play.
"It was two guys with their testosterone running high, acting like idiots," said Barber, one of the NFL's classiest players, early this week "I'm a feisty dude and he's a feisty dude."
Barber has a base salary of $3.75 million for this season.
Suggs was fined for the same offense as Barber. He was called for roughing
the passer by referee Mike Carey and was ejected after his face
mask made contact with the bill of Carey's cap.
"I owe my team big and I'm apologizing for not upholding our
Ravens' name," Suggs said.
Reed, last season's NFL defensive player of the year, was fined
for grabbing an official and shoving him after an extra-point
attempt. Ward was thrown out after attempting to intercede in the
melee involving officials and Detroit players following the play.
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Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .