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Maryland backup punter Matthew Barber viciously beaten by teammates after Durkin news

"My jersey was bloody," Barber says. "I had blood all over my hands." 

According to a report by The Baltimore Sun, Maryland backup punter Matthew Barber was taunted and then beaten by his teammates after a Tuesday practice where Durkin showed up after being reinstated as head coach.

Several Maryland players referred to Barber as a “whistle-blower” and accused him of relaying information to investigators about the culture within the program.

Maryland backup punter Matthew Barber
Maryland backup punter Matthew Barber

During the Tuesday practice where Durkin was present, Barber’s teammates began “throwing footballs at him” and “taunting” him during the course of the entire practice.

At the conclusion of the Tuesday practice around 6:00pm, an unknown player started throwing punches at Barber. While other players tried to “intervene” and “break up” the fight, Barber’s arms were locked behind his back while the unknown player threw multiple punches at the easy target.

As a result of the vicious beating, Barber told The Baltimore Sun that his injuries resulted in a “black eye, multiple stitches on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder”.

“My jersey was bloody,” Barber says. “I had blood all over my hands.”

Per the report, University of Maryland Police Department did not respond to multiple requests on the incident.

Barber was treated for his injuries by the athletic trainers and spoke to a campus police officer after the beating.

More information will be updated as this story develops.


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