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Matthew T. Mangino: Football incident highlights problem of workplace violence

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More than a week ago, 67,000 people witnessed, in person, a growing problem in this country - workplace violence.

In this case it was a member of the Cleveland Browns professional football club intentionally striking a co-worker, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers football club, on the head with an object capable of causing serious bodily injury.

The object was a football helmet weighing between 4 and 6 pounds, swung with considerable force by a man standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 272 pounds.

In Ohio the legislature has defined assault as an act that “recklessly (or) knowingly cause(s) or attempt(s) to cause physical harm to another.”

As of this writing, Myles Garrett, the Cleveland Brown who assaulted Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Mason Rudolph, has not been charged.

Garrett and Rudolph are professional athletes. Playing football is their job. They get paychecks, fringe benefits and time off. They go to lunch, they take breaks and they go home to their families every........

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