Brian Price hits Mark Barron - why is this a story?

TAMPA, FL - MAY 01: Defensive tackle Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Brian Price 'pummeled' Mark Barron, if we are to believe Walter Football's Charlie Campbell. This happened during one of the OTA days for which Price was in attendance. Supposedly, Mark Barron was sitting in Brian Price's seat, Price did not take kindly to that and punched Barron when he refused to leave. JoeBucsFan corroborated the story, but unlike Campbell, the guys over at JoeBucsFan downplay the story: Barron wasn't seriously injured, and it wasn't an extensive fight or beating. Keep in mind that Price has faced tragic circumstances this offseason and has never gotten in trouble before. His sister died, and he had such a hard time coping with that that he was at one point hospitalized. Price missed mandatory training camp to work out on his own in California. Campbell speculates that Price was excused from the mandatory mini-camp in part because of his fight with Barron.

I'm not sure why, exactly, this is now a story, though. That's not to say that I condone beating a guy because he's in your seat, but violent incidents are known to happen during the offseason. Usually, they don't get out, or they're not noteworthy enough to write about. Considering the fact that it took some 10 days or more for this story to come out, this wasn't exactly a high priority issue. Take into account Price's reputation as a good guy and his clean track record, and this really should be treated as an isolated incident and nothing to worry about.

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