I'm a die-hard Cubs fan and the punch was uncalled for in our eyes but Barrett explained it as he was down on the ground after being plowed over in a clean play, he got up, did not see A.J. going for his helmet, only saw him walking towards him after the play was over, that's why he grabbed him the way he did and punched him. He said he was wrong in his actions and never once tried to make an excuse for what he did being wrong?
Does this make it right? Absolutely not! Does he deserve the suspension? Absolutely! I've just heard so many people say it was a sucker punch, it was a sucker punch. Honestly, from experience, I have had something along the same line happen plenty of times and the way I reacted was completely tied in with how the other person re-acted. I've been in a bar a couple of times when it's absolutely packed and someone slams into you. The time it happened and the guy said he was sorry I said no problem, don't even worry about it and moved on. Now another time it happened with a guy that I already knew to be a prick and I didn't like in the first place. This time it happened and the guy acted like a prick. I got in his face, things escalated and some friends got in the middle of us.
Now alcohol of course played a factor this time. What I'm trying to get at is that with Barrett I'm sure already having an impression of A.J., things escalated faster than they should have. Even if A.J. did not say anything to Barrett, which I really don't know if he did or not, Barrett's opinion on the guy might have made things escalate faster than they should have.
All I'm saying is don't be too hard on the guy. If you were on your back after getting plowed over, didn't know a guy's helmet was behind you, and saw the same guy that ran you over walking towards you, would you in that split second react the same or differently? No one knows until it happens to them. I do think Barrett got what he deserved though, he probably deserved more.