I understand why officials need protection...I've saw them get abuse at underage level. So in that sense, punishing DC or any other IC players sends a powerful message that even 'top players' aren't immune.
But my view is that DC's 'push' was more petulance/frustration than any attempt to man handle or intimidate a referee.
In that sense, 12 weeks is excessive and effectively ends his season. I didn't even realise it was a banning incident.
The GAA could've had a discretionary ruling depending on the incident; the context, what was said etc. I don't think DC would've argued with say a 3-4 week ban.
But at the same time, the rules are in black and white, and to get off on a 'technicality' doesn't seem right either. The appeals process effectively creates a dual justice system: those who can afford a good defence team...and those who can't.
If I was Jim G then of course I'd be pushing for such an important player to appeal and have him back in the side. And I'm sure Tyrone, Kerry and Mayo would do the same. If DC was Sean Cavanagh, I'd probably support his appeal as well.
But I honestly think no luck will come from this. He'll have to walk on egg shells and the media will be all over Dublin. He could become a distraction with every tackle and card analysed.