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Sports Medley: The OU-Mixon Problem Should be a Call to Arms,  26 Dec 16

by Tony Medley

More on Mixon: Leave it to secularist ESPN to rush to the defense of Oklahoma running back thug Joe Mixon and his coach, Bob Stoops, after Mixon slugged a petite blonde in the face and OU allowed him to remain in school and play on the varsity for two years. Here’s what Trevor Matich, a talking head with a label “ESPN Football Analyst” said about Stoops’ and OU’s handling of the Mixon case, “The coach knows whether this is the kind of kid which (sic) is kind of sketchy and this is just another expected thing, or he is a good kid who made one mistake.”

Any man, and a musclebound athlete to boot, whose first reaction to a slight from a woman is to violently slug her in the face, breaking her jaw and fracturing her cheekbone, is not a “good kid” who made “one mistake.” Talk about minimizing fiendish brutality!

Anybody who does what Mixon did instantaneously has a major character defect and is close to being pure evil. I put it to you; do you know any man who would so violently attack a woman for any reason, much less over such a minor disagreement as they had? Wouldn’t any man who did such a thing be basically permanently ostracized from any polite society?

But not OU’s society, at least not as long as the culprit is a talented running back who could win football games for the Sooners. Oklahoma should have expelled him for what he did. There have to be consequences for malicious actions and redshirting him for one year is not a sufficient consequence for such a malevolent action.

Keeping him in school and on the team is not the way to teach him the difference between right and wrong (Adeo in teneris consuescere multum est; who learns young, forgets not when he is old). What Mixom learns from his slap on the wrist is that so long as you can run and catch a football better than anybody else, you may do just about anything. This is confirmed by his subsequent actions in tearing up a parking ticket in front of the officer and trying to intimidate her. If OU was really thinking about Mixon’s best interest, it would have expelled him from school and the football program. By coddling him they simply validated his actions.

Stoops’ and Matich’s concern for Mixon is duplicitous, to say the least. Oklahoma and Stoops were wrong and anyone who defends Mixon with such a blatant rationalization as Matich defines himself as someone with a callous disregard for morality.

I haven’t even gotten into the issue of why Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County District Attorney, didn’t charge him with a felony, especially with the overwhelming evidence of the video of the event. Instead he let Mixon off by allowing him to enter an “Alford plea” to a misdemeanor.

An “Alford Plea” is one in which a defendant may enter a guilty plea but does not admit guilt, which is consistent with the untruth put out by OU over the past several years, that he had apologized. In fact, he didn’t personally apologize until December 23, 2016, 2 ˝ years after attacking the woman, and that’s only because of the hullabaloo that arose over the release of the video of the incident. Does someone who is truly sorry wait that long to issue an apology? His apology is the height of shameful hypocrisy and is meaningless.

To understand why D.A. Mashburn let Mixon off, the D.A. is a former college football player and received his J.D. from the OU School of Law! That’s Oklahoma’s version of  “blind justice” for you.

According to Will Laws of Graphiq, “Since commissioner Roger Goodell’s tenure started on Sept. 1, 2006, there have been 117 NFL players arrested for either domestic violence (50) or battery/assault (67), the latter of which also comprises a concerning amount of female victims.” Since 2000, 837 NFL players have been arrested for serious crimes.

Not everyone who plays football is a lawless brute, but there is a much higher percentage of them on NCAA football teams and in the NFL than in the rest of society. When OU and the NCAA let people like Mixon off with the “one mistake” rationalization, and owners like Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones hire the likes of Greg Hardy after what he did to his girlfriend, it encourages these sociopathic miscreants that the rules for them are different and that they may continue to use violence with impunity.