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After years of judging athletes, columnist Jay Mariotti now being judged

"On August 14, Jay Mariotti wrote a column for AOL Fanhouse that carried the headline, 'For acts of violence: MLB much too soft,''' Ed Sherman writes, adding, "The column touches on the recent arrest of New York Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez, who is accused of beating up the father of his girlfriend. Mr. Mariotti slams Major League Baseball for allowing Mr. Rodriguez to return to the team just two days after the incident.' Mr. Mariotti writes, 'In the world of Bud Selig and the union he allows to rule his domain — the Major League Baseball Players Association — this somehow qualifies as tough justice. How typically pathetic and sad, huh?' Later in the column he writes: 'This was a frightening physical attack that will haunt Rodriguez, his girlfriend and her family as long as they live.' Now just try to imagine Mr. Mariotti writing the same column after what happened last weekend."

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