Earlier today that was a report of an attack against a Maryland football player by a teammate, and now that teammate has gone public.
Matthew Barber, a junior backup punter from Mechanicsburg, Pa., told the Baltimore Sun that, after practice on Tuesday, a teammate attacked Barber and attempted to punch him in the face. While the two were fighting, other Terps intervened — to help the attacker. Barber said he was repeatedly punched in the face and left the altercation with a black eye, multiple stitches across his forehead and a dislocated shoulder.
“My jersey was bloody,” Barber told the paper. “I had blood all over my hands.”
Barber said he was targeted because of his whistle-blower status against D.J. Durkin. Durkin observed Maryland’s practice on Tuesday, which allowed the former coach’s supporters to feel “emboldened.” Barber said he was mocked, insulted and had footballs thrown at him during the practice.
“We take any matters involving physical altercations extremely seriously,” Maryland AD Damon Evans told the paper. “We are talking with the players involved and will take appropriate actions based on the facts.”
This feels like the appropriate time to reiterate that Maryland initially brought Durkin back because its internal report found that, while there were many dysfunctional issues that all involved accepted, the program’s culture did not meet the arbitrary standard of “toxic” that ESPN originally described.
Leaving your teammate bloody and with a dislocated shoulder because he spoke out about the negative culture inside the program seems like the textbook definition of “toxic.”