Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Contact with official reportedly doesn't warrant discipline
ESPN.com news services
The NFL won't discipline Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett for making contact with an official during a skirmish in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears. But coach Mike McCarthy still isn't happy about the situation.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the sequence started with less than four minutes left in the Packers' 35-7 loss. Barnett became tangled up with Bears tackle John Tait, emotions boiled over and pushing and shoving ensued. Umpire Jim Quick grabbed a kneeling Barnett around the neck from behind to pull him away and maintained his grip as Barnett tried to stand up. The frustrated player ended up pushing the official away.
"I'll tell you what, I've never seen anything like that in all my years," McCarthy said, according to the newspaper. "I didn't see the whole thing but I thought the official was totally out of line the way he grabbed Nick around the neck and pulled him out of there.
"There was a lot going on throughout the game on both sides of the ball after the play was over. Their offensive line was getting after Nick a bunch down the stretch. And that goes on in these types of games. I didn't see all of it but I saw the end of it. I thought it was totally unprofessional. I thought it was totally out of hand."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the newspaper that Barnett is not being reviewed for discipline. He also said that director of officials Mike Pereira had no comment on McCarthy's reaction.