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Former Cowboys running back Marion Barber taken to hospital for mental observation

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Police in Mansfield, Texas detained former Cowboys running back Marion Barber on Sunday night and then took him to a hospital for mental observation after responding to a disturbance call.

A police department spokesman said Monday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that Barber was taken to a local hospital after officers responding to the call determined it was the best course of action. He also said that Barber was not arrested, although the newspaper reports that a police log shows Barber was “arrested on an application for mental detention and observation.” The spokesman said he did not know whether Barber was still in the hospital.

TMZ initially reported Barber’s trip to the hospital and add that the inciting incident for the entire turn of events took place outside a church before police went to Barber’s home.

Barber began his career with the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick in 2005 and played for Dallas through 2010. He last played for the Bears in 2011.

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35 Responses to “Former Cowboys running back Marion Barber taken to hospital for mental observation”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jun 16, 2014 6:32 PM

    He’ll probably sue for concussions.

  2. timcast12 says: Jun 16, 2014 6:51 PM

    I loved the way this guy played football

  3. explosionsauce says: Jun 16, 2014 7:05 PM

    Probably didnt give enough of that NFL money in the collections plate.

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:12 PM

    Loved to watch “Marion the Barbarian” run the football back in the day. Maybe Jerrah should reach out to help him?

  5. mmeyer3387 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:16 PM

    Maybe we should get the whole truth before before making judgements. Additionally, I’m not taking this stand as a Cowboy fan (I’m not) or a NFL groupie. I think everyone deserves as much. We are quick to go with the first story or net gossip statement.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 16, 2014 7:16 PM

    Police were called to the scene of a large gathering of people proclaiming there was a man on a cloud who was constantly watching them.

    How come Marion was the only one taken into mental observation?

  7. qdog112 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:17 PM

    Human battering ram. Maybe the bill is due for his style of running into people.

    I hope the best for him and all former players.

  8. mmeyer3387 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:25 PM

    I read somewhere that we are supposed to have the right for free speech, so before some bring Romo into their rant, maybe they could take a little time to think before making silly statements. Because someone out there may want you to go before Romo is sent away.

  9. dstep24 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:33 PM

    he wasn’t that great. He just played in Dallas so everyone acted like he was that great. Which is pretty much the case with every player that ever plays for Dallas. Ever.

  10. hyzers says: Jun 16, 2014 7:37 PM

    He’s probably has PTSD from when Suh legally tackled him by the dreds and got an penalty for horse collaring.

  11. dallasbaby says: Jun 16, 2014 7:45 PM

    Get well soon MB3. One of my all-time favorites to wear the star. An absolute smashmouth bulldog. I wish him nothing but the best.

  12. knew8411 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:47 PM

    I am suprized that TMZ and police departments can release such information. Patient confidentiality laws are pretty stringent now days.
    I know as an employee of a mental health facility we have a lot of things that we are not allowed to discuss.
    I am certain that most, if not all patients, would want to keep the fact that they have been admitted to a mental health facility, even if it is just, for “observation” out of the news.
    I wish Mr. Barber the best.

  13. realfootballfan says: Jun 16, 2014 7:55 PM

    Another poster child of the grinder the NFL is on RBs and is evidence of why you shouldn’t let your boys grow up to be one.

  14. boyzfantildeath83 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:56 PM

    Man, peoples quick rush to judgement never ceases to amaze me. And Making jokes about peoples struggles and hardships in their life is just shameful.

  15. JSpicoli says: Jun 16, 2014 8:00 PM

    Definition of the angry runner. Wish him well.

  16. ibreathefootball says: Jun 16, 2014 8:17 PM

    Marion Butterfingers Barber? Tebow still loves this guy!

  17. blockcity918 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:20 PM


  18. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 16, 2014 8:22 PM

    Marion Barber is my favorite Cowboy player recently, with DeMarcus Ware being a close #2, now onnthe Broncos.

    Marion Barber ran so hard and was a treat to watch. If the Cowboys had 53 players now like him, they wouldnt go 8-8 every year.

  19. raidernation37 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:42 PM

     that Barber wastaken to a local hospital after officers responding to the call determined it was the best course of action. 

    Translation—-this guy is too rich and famous to arrest like an average Joe but we need to do something with him

  20. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:58 PM

    Good old gopher days of Marion the barbarian. Hope the dude is ok.

  21. mrdownslider says: Jun 16, 2014 8:59 PM

    No specifics listed, but Im guessing there is/was a suicide attempt?? Since Barber wasnt arrested, we can rule out domestic violence and/or assault & battery type stuff. Sad. I hope Marion gets the help he needs.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2014 9:16 PM

    Small town cops hate Sundays. That’s when all the church goers are out on the street.

  23. tejguy says: Jun 16, 2014 9:17 PM

    I hope he is okay, hate to see anyone suffer from anything like that.

    At the same time though, he could have done without doing the back-flip while on the Bears and landing on his head.

    He’s a big fella

  24. gbmickey says: Jun 16, 2014 9:32 PM

    Having to spend time in Minnesota will do that to you just ask Sharper.

  25. SilentMajority says: Jun 16, 2014 9:34 PM

    Mental detention and observation is probably code words for suicide attempt. That would also explain why he was arrested but yet was not arrested.

  26. raiderapologist says: Jun 16, 2014 9:53 PM

    Next up: Kyle Orton.

  27. bornahawker says: Jun 16, 2014 10:18 PM

    A lot of head shots, I hope he is ok.

  28. mungman69 says: Jun 17, 2014 1:26 AM

    Hope he gets the help he needs.

  29. salimthadream20 says: Jun 17, 2014 2:45 AM

    Not jumping to conclusions or anything but Id like to think that if anyone is forced to be takin to a Mental Hospital for Observation then there must be a damn good reason!

  30. mclovin07 says: Jun 17, 2014 5:31 AM

    He was better than Darrel Thompson….that ain’t saying much…

  31. loubearkane says: Jun 17, 2014 7:28 AM

    Get Well Marion.

  32. dcee101 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:37 AM

    “4thquartermagic says:
    Jun 16, 2014 7:16 PM
    Police were called to the scene of a large gathering of people proclaiming there was a man on a cloud who was constantly watching them.

    How come Marion was the only one taken into mental observation”

    ——-Post of the decade. Thanks for making me snort by coffee this morning.

  33. bassplucker says: Jun 17, 2014 9:08 AM

    The original Beastmode. Many Bears fans despise him for his screwups in a critical late season loss against the Broncosa few years back… but a lot of other Bears players didn’t carry their weight in that game either.

  34. gammynomnom says: Jun 17, 2014 10:54 AM

    Get well Marion. Loved you as a Cowboy.

  35. nfloracle says: Jun 17, 2014 11:12 AM

    I remember watching him play the piano during the season when the Cowboys were featured on “Hard Knocks.” I couldn’t believe that someone as fierce on the field when he was running the ball could also have the delicate touch of a serious pianist.

    Though I’m sorry his privacy was violated by the aholes at TMZ, I sure hope he gets the help that he may need.

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