Many things can drive a man to violence – things like a cheating spouse, anabolic steroids, or football. So we begin our tale at the BW3 in Streetsboro, where fans poured in to watch last week's national title game between Ohio State and LSU.
Alas, Howard Staton, a 37-year-old Brookpark resident, decided to pop in as well. Pertinent facts: He's an LSU fan. And he forgot how pissed opposing fans get when their team is losing – especially when you're taunting them.
As the Buckeyes imploded, Staton didn’t bother hiding his delight. Though out-numbered by scarlet and gray, he loudly cheered on LSU.
Needless to say, the crowd wasn't pleased. “There was some jawing going back and forth,” says Lt. Roy Mosley of the Streetsboro police. “There were some words exchanged. OSU scored a touchdown, somebody has something to say. LSU scores, he’s got something to say.”
By the time OSU was on its way to embarrassing us on national television, frustrated fans, under the precepts of Hammered Guy Logic, decided to blame it on Staton. As they heckled the bar’s sole LSU devotee, words escalated to shoving. So Stanton decided to pull a knife and stab two men.
“Another cut another way, and someone could have been killed,” says Lt. Mosley. “It happened very suddenly.”
The men were transported to a nearby hospital. Staton was charged with felonious assault. -- Denise Grollmus