With the 48th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and as one would expect, it was met with heavy criticism on Twitter.
If Mixon learned from incident in 2014, how do you explain 1-game suspension for altercation w/ parking lot attendant this past November?
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) April 29, 2017
It's ridiculous for a supposed "character" issue to be used against Chad in NFL Draft…Joe Mixon literally broke a girl's face. #hypocrites
— Evie Van Pelt (@OleMissEvie) April 29, 2017
The Mixon pick by the Bengals shows nothing has changed since Ray Rice. If u r young and talented teams and the NFL look the other way 👎🏼
— Drew Allen (@The_Drew_Abides) April 29, 2017
— Jordan (@OGJBSM) April 29, 2017
Houston plays Cincinnati week 2. I'd love nothing more than to see @JJWatt break Joe Mixon in half.
— OKStateProbs (@OKStateProbs) April 29, 2017
Bengals take Mixon. Team full of criminals so he fits.
— Detroit Lions Fans (@DetLionBlood) April 29, 2017
Joe Mixon drafted by Bengals. Credit to ESPN for showing the video. Piece of trash player will fit in well with Pacman Jones.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 29, 2017
I understand the backlash. I have written more articles than I care to count on Mixon, the severity of his actions and how there is no excusing it. Let’s be clear, he caved in a woman’s face. It’s reprehensible, and if you don’t believe in second chances then you won’t ever agree with him getting a shot in the NFL.
However, if you are like me, and believe people should be allowed to earn a second chance, then it’s time to move on. We are talking about an incident that happened before the start of his freshman year. He is now entering the NFL.
If you don’t agree with his “punishment”, if you believe that a one year suspension was too light, hey, I’m right there with you. However, that’s on coach Bob Stoops. That’s on athletic director Joe Castiglione. That’s on Oklahoma president David Boren. That’s on the judicial system. It’s not on Mixon. What did you want him to do, pack his bags, walk into jail and close the door?
He can’t control not being punished more severely, but he can control whether or not he makes the most of his second chance. He has done what has been asked of him. He’s gone through anger management and other counseling, and he’s publicly and privately apologized several times. It’s time to let Mixon move on.