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"Idiot," Barber's agent Mark Lepselter fired back at Irvin yesterday.
"It's hard for me to take anything that flies out of Michael Irvin's mouth seriously. I mean, after all, this is the same guy who says he actually frisks his friends when they come to his house for Thanksgiving, isn't it?" Lepselter said in a phone interview yesterday.
Barber has been bashed by commentators and fans who questioned the timing of his announcement -- though, remember, it wasn't a formal announcement at all. Barber let his plans slip out inadvertently while spending the day with a New York Times reporter who was following him to work on a different story. The reporter published it the next day despite Barber's request not to.,0,4866998.column?coll=ny-sports-columnists

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