Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/20/12

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

When overgrown men take the field on hot summer days, tempers have a tendency to flare. Fights are a common occurrence across NFL training camps, some of which we hear about and most of which he don’t. Last week, Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price left the team with an excused absence. According to Bucs website JoeBucsFan.com, his departure came after he punched rookie Mark Barron in the head.

As is typically the case, the fight was reportedly over something extremely dumb. Price — who has somewhat of a history with losing his temper –thought Barron was sitting in his seat so he told the rookie to get up. Barron supposedly said something vulgar to him at that point and the two began arguing. That led to the punch, which did not seriously injure Barron.

Unlike the sucker punch we told you about in Lions camp about a month ago, Price has a fairly legitimate excuse for having a short temper. The 23-year-old lost his sister to a car accident last month and is reportedly going to adopt her children. He also lost both of his brothers to gunshots growing up, so to say Price has had a troubled past would be an epic understatement. The excused absence was likely given so Price could be with his family, and I’d be shocked if any disciplinary action came from the Bucs over the incident with Barron.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

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