MotoGP » Hector Barbera statement following assault charge

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In this day of gender equality the idea of not defending yourself against an aggressive woman is stupid. If a woman has a handful of your hair or has you in a squirrel grip or is trying to scratch your eyes out then you have every right in the world to use physical means to protect yourself. Who said he even hit her? He simply could have grabbed her wrists or got her in a hold to prevent further damage to himself. But since the details of the injuries are not public knowledge it is all speculation. Not caring what a highly paid sportsman does outside of the sport is naive in the extreme. Teams rely on sponsorship. A sponsor does not want their brand name associated with criminals. Sportsman are also targets of hero worship by younger people. They need to understand that being good at a sport does not negate the need to fit in with societies morals.

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