Packers linebacker Nick Barnett is set to file a grievance against a ref that pulled him down by the collar during Sunday’s blowout loss to the Bears Sunday in Chicago. The umpire – Jim Quirk, pulled Barnett down trying to break up a small skirmish during the game. Barnett was not all that happy about the takedown, and quickly came up and put his hands on the umpire. The league has ruled it will take no action against Barnett for that.
The league has already stated that they have warned Quirk about putting his hands on players, but no other action will be taken. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that he felt Quirk was “totally out of line” by grabbing Barnett. He said he felt that Quirk used poor judgement in trying to break up the players. In watching the footage, Quirk looks like a man in at least his early 60’s, and for him to take out Barnett was indeed a bit over the line, but to come back and file a grievance against him? Come on.
Memo to Barnett, it was out of line, and it was not a smart move for a white haired overzealous ump to grab you, but be the better man, take a chill, and remember that he was just doing his job. Good or not. What do you hope to get out of this? The guy has already been warned, and it should be just left alone from there. Thanks for pushing the overreaction button on this one Nick.