Ask Amy: Tech co-workers wage Nerf wars in the office

Dear Amy: I’m a woman working for a software startup. We are all millennials. I really enjoy my job, except for this: Picture a group of (mostly male) software developers shooting Nerf guns at each other, with Nerf darts whistling past you, hitting windows, office equipment and other employees.

There is nowhere to physically “hide” from these battles. Only a few higher-ups have offices.

I’m caught in the crossfire on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis and have gotten hit by darts multiple times. If it’s somewhere below my neck, it doesn’t bother me as much. But recently I was hit in the back of the head. I just think this goes beyond normal workplace fun, and is a huge distraction.

A few months back another employee got hit in the eye and had to seek medical attention for a scratched cornea.

Am I overreacting here, or do I have valid concerns? Is this an HR issue, or should I accept this as a normal office activity that management knows about?

I don’t want to voice my concerns for fear of being labeled difficult to work with. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s too much to ask not to have to worry about getting injured at work in an office.

I’m pretty sure there are quite a few other co-workers who quietly feel the same way but I suspect they are also afraid of voicing a concern and being labeled as a bad apple.

— Battle Scarred

Dear Battle Scarred: I don’t have much personal insight into the crazy world of Silicon Valley, so I asked my friend, Axios tech journalist Ina Fried, for some advice. Here’s her response:

“While it’s great that your colleagues have so much, um, enthusiasm, you certainly have the right to do your work without having to constantly worry about friendly fire. …read more

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Broncos GM John Elway’s stance on “character concerns” looms large with Joe Mixon, Reuben Foster, Jabrill Peppers

The excitement and unpredictability of the NFL draft usually comes at the quarterback position. That makes sense because how a quarterback plays can shape the trajectory of a franchise unlike any other position in professional sports.

The draft “fallers” — those players whose draft stock plummets, often because of character issues — are less of an exact science.

Broncos general manager John Elway has a reputation of being more forgiving to draft “fallers” with minor off-field concerns. He selected Shane Ray (marijuana possession) and Bradley Roby (physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol) over the past three drafts. Elway said making such a call is a case-by-case scenario with multiple people in their front office involved.

There are several potential “fallers” in this year’s draft, including running back Joe Mixon, linebacker Reuben Foster, safety Jabrill Peppers, receiver Dede Westbrook and defensive lineman Caleb Brantley and Malik McDowell, among others.

“It starts opening discussions. They’re falling for a reason,” Elway said. “If he falls to us, number one, is it somebody we want? And number two, why is he falling? If it’s something we can put up with then we’ll discuss that. That always happens with some people.”

Drug arrests or positive drug tests are troublesome, but are given more leeway to forgiveness than other off-field issues. Foster and Peppers had diluted drug tests at the NFL combine, which will automatically place them in the NFL drug program. Both have been regarded as potential first-round picks and now may fall, but neither is expected to drop more than a round.

“We try to dig in and find out exactly what it is. If there’s more of a history there, we find out,” Elway said. “I’m not the authority on drug tests so I go to …read more

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Twins 3B Miguel Sano suspended 1 game for ‘aggressive actions’

NEW YORK — Minnesota’s Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the sport termed “aggressive actions” that caused benches to clear during a game against Detroit last weekend.

Detroit’s JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning of the Tigers’ 5-4 victory Saturday. Two innings later, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who pointed his bat toward Boyd and yelled out at the mound. Tigers catcher James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who reacted immediately with a right hand to McCann’s mask.

Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, announced Sano’s suspension Monday. The players’ association appealed, allowing Sano to continue playing until the appeal is heard and decided.

Boyd was fined after MLB concluded he intentionally threw a pitch at Sano.

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