Report: Patriots will not consider drafting Joe Mixon

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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is the most controversial player in this year’s draft, a first-round talent who was caught on tape hitting a woman in an incident every bit as ugly as the one that ended Ray Rice’s career.

Some teams have confirmed, however, that they’re still considering drafting Mixon. Other teams won’t give him a thought. We can add the Patriots to that latter group.

According to the Boston Herald, the Patriots absolutely will not even consider drafting Mixon.

That means the Patriots will join the Dolphins, who also have reportedly decided they don’t want Mixon and his baggage on their team.

But for Mixon, all it takes is one team willing to overlook his past in favor of his future. There will surely be at least once such team, even if many others think he’s more trouble than he’s worth.

112 responses to “Report: Patriots will not consider drafting Joe Mixon

  1. I’ll guarantee you that he will be on the Cowboys draft board with a gold star next to his name.

  2. No team should even consider drafting him, and don’t even bother with the whole “he made a mistake” bullcrap.

    That’s not a mistake, that’s well beyond a mistake.

  3. That’s a PR move by the Pats. They never draft RB’s high. this guy will be off the boards by the 2nd round. pats start picking them in the 6th.

  4. truninerfan49 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:21 AM

    I’ll guarantee you that he will be on the Cowboys draft board with a gold star next to his name.
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    Not likely hoss, we have the NFL’s rushing leader and NFC Offensive Player of the Year in case you forgot. Now that pathetic franchise in San Fran could probably use him.

  5. Patriots don’t even need his talent at the rb postion that’s why..but wait the patriots sure where fast to take advantage of a cheap lagarette Blount last year after he got in trouble hmmm

  6. We the Bengals have already seemingly shown a lot of interest in him, not sure how high they would draft him, I’m thinking round 3 possibly.

  7. loudpackmatt says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:48 AM
    Patriots don’t even need his talent at the rb postion that’s why..but wait the patriots sure where fast to take advantage of a cheap lagarette Blount last year after he got in trouble hmmm

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    Blount was caught smoking weed then walked off the field, Mixon punched a woman in the face. Theres a little bit of a difference between the two..

    And if your going to mention when he punched out the Boise player, it was in response to a racist comment, still not a good reaction but not the same as punching out a 110 lb woman

  8. Let’s not compare LaGarette Blount’s smoking pot and being angry about playing time in Pittsburg with the sorry excuse for a man that is Joe Mixon.

  9. joetoronto says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    No team should even consider drafting him, and don’t even bother with the whole “he made a mistake” bullcrap.

    That’s not a mistake, that’s well beyond a mistake.
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    Punching a girl who put her hands on him is a mistake. He shouldn’t have done it, but it shouldn’t end his career. This society is crazy…had he put his hands on her and she dropped him, it would have been a different story…but because she assaulted him and he reacted, he should never be able to play professional football?….sounds like being drunk and female gives her a free pass to do whatever she wants, like putting her hands on strangers?

  10. Joe Mixon is the best rb in the draft and it isn’t even close. No franchise is above drafting him, even the patriots—No one buying the holier than though BS.

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    With the signing of Rex Burkhead it’s unlikely that the Patriots spend one of their limited high draft picks on a RB.
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  12. It’s just because they are still hurting from the Aaron Hernandez fiasco. Just like the Ravens cannot consider drafting Mixon because of Rice, the Patriots will get vilified if they take someone who has a video showing violent actions.

  13. Every team that openly admits to considering Mixon on their team (while not also admitting to kicking the tires on Kaepernick), is stating that any perceived ‘slight’ towards Kaepernick is actually rooted in his talent drop-off, NOT his political positions (which seems to be contrary to the theme around here).

    There is no way you can convince me that an idiot who refused to stand for the national anthem is a potentially larger publicity nightmare, than a player who smashed the face of a woman on OPEN CAMERA for all the world to watch!

    If you’ll consider a woman-beater for your team ahead of a guy clamoring for political attention, then that speaks VOLUMES about what scouts and others think about your talent level…

  14. Speaking for all convicted felons everywhere, I say give people a second chance…but not a third.

    However that excludes the Pats who are so damn good they can draw in equal talent just on the likelihood that they’ll win it all again.

    I get so tired of them sitting on the top rung of the ladder, but gotta admire their success.

  15. A talented player with no character sounds like a Bengal to me. Heck they still have PAC man right ? That’s how you roll when you scrimp on scouting.

  16. pats are willing to take a chance on players that have a troubled history, just like any other team, this is not what this is about. The pats won’t draft players with a history of domestic violence and even Gave up a draft pick a few years ago when they learned about (the Giants didn’t have a problem scooping him up though) THAT is what this is about. Zero tolerance.

  17. The Patriots have a long-standing rule of not taking players who have been violent toward women. Players with other problems, sure, but it was the one stipulation Myra Kraft put on Bob Kraft when he wanted to buy the team.

    I’m not entirely sure they’ve kept to it since her passing, but I believe they have. I may not like other things he’s done in the past year, but I’ll give Kraft that.

  18. After the Hernandez/other multiple less than stellar situations, the Pats have zero interest in anything that even remotely looks like it might be a problem. As should they.

  19. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    That’s a PR move by the Pats. They never draft RB’s high.
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    Laurence Maroney. A first round bust for the Pats (Maurice Jones-Drew and DeAngelo Williams were still on the board).

  20. “Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is the most controversial player in this year’s draft, a first-round talent who was caught on tape hitting a woman in an incident every bit as ugly as the one that ended Ray Rice’s career.”

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    Oh boy, that’s rich. Let’s not pretend that Ray Rice’s career was cut short by anything but his 3.1 yds per carry in his final year. The PR that followed the punch only gave the Ravens cover to cut a popular player.

    Somebody will draft this dude. Nobody on this board is naive enough to believe owners and coaches give a flip about what happened to that woman.

  21. @joetoronto says – “No team should ever consider drafting him, and don’t even bother with the “he made a mistake” bullcrap”.

    OK, let’s acknowledge that Mixon committed a crime, one time. Let’s also assume that you commit multiple crimes daily (driving after a few beers, speeding, rolling through stop signs) that put others in harm’s way. Perhaps you should be fired from your job.

  22. That’s easy for the Pats to say, their first pick doesn’t come until the 3rd round by which time Mixon is likely to be long gone. Besides which, they have bigger needs at TE and LB to address and have a fairly solid RB corps (though it would be a bit more solid with LG back in the fold, not sure what’s going on there, maybe he just feels like skipping OTAs).

  23. Video shows he was struck first two times. Equal rights mean equal responsibility.

    This would not be an issue if a small man hit him twice and he struck back, would it?

  24. loudpackmatt says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:48 AM
    Patriots don’t even need his talent at the rb postion that’s why..but wait the patriots sure where fast to take advantage of a cheap lagarette Blount last year after he got in trouble hmmm
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    Blount didn’t get in trouble last year at all….or the year before…
    Are you trying to compare his walking off the field 2 minutes before the end of a game as a member of the Steelers in 2014 & getting released to Mixon punching a girl in the face???

  25. oudpackmatt says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:48 AM
    Patriots don’t even need his talent at the rb postion that’s why..but wait the patriots sure where fast to take advantage of a cheap lagarette Blount last year after he gogt in trouble hmmm

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    Blount never assaulted a woman and it was two years ago. The Patriots have a history of not allowing woman abussers on their team going back to the 90’s. Google Christian Peters…

  26. Not condoning what he did but it’s amazing in a society where women are constantly demanding equality there is no condemnation of the women who actually struck him first (twice watch the video).

  27. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    That’s a PR move by the Pats. They never draft RB’s high. this guy will be off the boards by the 2nd round. pats start picking them in the 6th.
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    I congratulate you on being able to block the Pats 21st pick of Laurence Maroney from your memory. Wish I could as well…

  28. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    That’s a PR move by the Pats. They never draft RB’s high. this guy will be off the boards by the 2nd round. pats start picking them in the 6th.

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    Apparently you have never heard of Robert Edwards or Laurence Maroney.

  29. We all make mistakes when we are 18 or 19 years old. When I was his age, there were no cell phones or video cameras everywhere. Lucky for me!
    Not condoning what he did, but when do we start giving second chances. If Mixon is truly sorry for what he did, and shows remorse, than I am all for second chances.
    Some people actually benefit from these things by putting the fear of God in them, and become better people as a result.

  30. Why not they have already had a gangbanging serial killer. Picked up a guy 2 days after his release from a Arizona for extremely drunk driving. Oh and don’t forget Willie Andrews who was accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriends head.

  31. As a huge fan of the Patriots, I respect their decision to not consider drafting Mixon though I do not agree with it…..
    I personally feel that Mixon, though wrong in the way he reacted, is being overly persecuted for defending himself against an assault on himself by a woman that instigated the retaliation by first hitting him TWICE…..assault is assault & the was the initial instigator in this case…
    & he was not a member of the NFL at that stage, so I feel he should be given the opportunity to play for ANY team….. However, Kraft owned the team & can set the parameters of his teams code of ethics as far as prior history of potential player acquisitions….
    Good luck to Mixon…. He hasn’t been involved in any other issues since that altercation & I hope he’s successful in his future in the NFL

  32. Oh yeah, because NE is such an upstanding organization. They wouldn’t want to tarnish that image. LOL

  33. Blount didn’t get “in trouble” at the time steelers cut him.Parcells drafted a DT named peters,a few days after the draft allegations came out that he assaulted his girlfriend and kraft said cut him and he was cut.Kraft doesn’t condone DV,he won’t get drafted by NE.

  34. loudpackmatt says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:48 AM
    Patriots don’t even need his talent at the rb postion that’s why..but wait the patriots sure where fast to take advantage of a cheap lagarette Blount last year after he got in trouble hmmm

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    Who did Blount punch? I must have missed that.

  35. Imagine the protesters lined up at all his team’s home games? The team being called every name in the book. He just ain’t worth all the scrutiny regardless how you feel about giving him another chance. JMO

  36. “Who did Blount punch? I must have missed that.”

    In college after bragging about how Oregon was going to give them an “ass whuppin” then subsequently losing to Boise State, he punched Boise State player Byron Hout.

  37. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    That’s a PR move by the Pats. They never draft RB’s high. this guy will be off the boards by the 2nd round. pats start picking them in the 6th.
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    The hate for the patriots is so thick, and people are so blinded by it, that it literally makes them stupid. Before I get into the RB portion of your asinine comment, remember this team is still owned by Robert Kraft. The same Robert Kraft who forced the team to realease Christian Peter 2 days after drafting him because of his history of domestic violence issues. Shocker that the Giants jumped right on that, lol. Anyways, as far as players with domestic violence in their past, this isn’t a PR move. This is standard procedure for them. That whole Christian Peter thing was the beginning of the conflict with Parcells. Now to the RB issue, apparently the patriots didn’t draft Maloney in the first round, and then draft Vereen and Ridley in the 2nd and 3rd round (of the same draft no less).

    We get it. The Patriots are your boogie man. Why don’t you use the doll to show you where the bad man touched you. It’s beyond sad and pathetic how deeply they have harmed your being,, but maybe you should try to let it go…

  38. Guess the Patriots learned their lesson with Aaron Hernadez. Yet, the owner, coach, and star qb supports the POTUS, you know the guy who likes to grab a little you know what.

  39. The sympathy for these men who have been given an opportunity and blown due to their own actions, that .001% of the population can’t even get a sniff at is ridiculous. Tough luck man, you blew it now deal with the consequences. It’s a hard lesson to learn I assume but it is a pretty simple directive. Don’t hit a women, period end of story. And spare me the self defense crap I’ve read. I think anyone defending what he did because she struck him first twice has some deep issues themselves. So sorry you most likely blew the chance to earn millions of dollars by playing a game, excuse me while I go find a box of tissues.

  40. absodefinitely says:
    Mar 29, 2017 7:21 AM
    joetoronto says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:43 AM
    No team should even consider drafting him, and don’t even bother with the whole “he made a mistake” bullcrap.

    That’s not a mistake, that’s well beyond a mistake.
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    Punching a girl who put her hands on him is a mistake. He shouldn’t have done it, but it shouldn’t end his career. This society is crazy…had he put his hands on her and she dropped him, it would have been a different story…but because she assaulted him and he reacted, he should never be able to play professional football?….sounds like being drunk and female gives her a free pass to do whatever she wants, like putting her hands on strangers?

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    Do you think the guy is “entitled” to a career in the NFL? Sorry…he is not. And it would send a great message to other potential draftees and even current players if nobody drafts Mixon. His behavior was unacceptable and if anything he should be in jail.

  41. For those who don’t know, look up Myra Kraft and the 1996 draft. I was 9 at the time, but my dad explained the story.

    Parcels had drafted a kid from Nebraska in the later rounds. Myra found out about his domestic violence issues, and she was LIVID. Mr Kraft and Parcells cut him within a week.

    No tolerance on that rubbish like that.

  42. @ losingisnotanoption says:

    Mar 29, 2017 6:35 AM
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    LOL – Just needs to find a white suit!!

  43. NFL teams are such hypocrites, he had no problem bringing in Hernandez when everyone knew he was bad, but his play was exceptional….they draft him, and hide his sickness until he got caught killing his 3rd victim….I would have more respect for the the league if they just said hey we’re just trying to win games and as long as the guy is not presently in jail or awaiting trail he can play for me, instead of picking and choosing when to have morals….

  44. I read the comments above defending Mixon on the incident and thought I must have misremembered the incident so I rewatched it. His behavior was beyond inexcusable. She couldn’t hurt him. She pushed him away, he threatened to hit her, she reached up and hit his neck as he was moving into her space and he hit her far beyond anything approaching force necessary to remove himself from the situation. He didn’t need to do it. He just wanted to hurt her and hurt her badly. He could have disengaged her hands from him. He could have lightly pushed her away. In both cases, he would have have had no problem leaving the situation. It was his decision to follow her to that table and leave it by using as much force as possible to her head. I don’t see how anyone would react the way he did. When in similar situations with a woman or smaller man, I never even thought of hitting them like that. I expect the same of my friends or anyone else.

  45. Mixon did not commit “domestic violence” for you intellectually lazy fools. Mixon, rightly or wrongly, was charged with assault. BIG DIFFERENCE. Also, Mixon was an 18 y/o kid at the time (who, incidently had been ASSAULTED himself by his “victim”). So, for all you numbskulls trying to compare this situation to Ray Rice or Greg Hardy, pull your heads out of your anuses and t-h-i-n-k. Mixon may not be a Boy Scout, but he hardly did anything that would rate this type of backlash (other than having it caught on tape).

  46. Point 1: Saying “She hit him first” to justify him punching her in the face is pretty ridiculous. Watch the video-he followed her inside when he could have walked away and she pushed him a couple times before he laid her out. She was never a threat to him, and you should never use violence unless someone is a threat to you. You can argue if he should be allowed in the NFL, but you can’t argue that he was justified to hit her.

    Point 2: Aaron Hernandez has nothing to do with this. The Patriots wouldn’t have kept him if they knew he was a murderer, not because of morals but because of liability. If there is any credible evidence that the Patriots did or should have known he was a killer, please provide it. I don’t remember him doing anything like Alameda Ta’amu when he was with the Steelers in October 2012 that would have been a red flag.

    Point 3: Lagarrette Blount hit a man his size in the face in college. It was wrong. Micheal Floyd has a DUI. Driving drunk is wrong. All the article says is that the Patriots decided that Mixon’s talent vs baggage meant they weren’t planning to draft him. I didn’t see where anyone from the team said they were morally superior to other teams. Some fans may be saying that but the team isn’t.

  47. gambinofv says:
    Mar 29, 2017 10:18 AM
    Bill B hates women beaters unless you are Corey Dillion Ben Coates. Those guys just slapped there wives

    corey dillon was arrested in 2010, four years after retiring. and ben coates left a year before Belichick was HC. nice try though.

  48. @ shanemcshane

    woah, defending someone who punched a girl in the face. good look buddy. use your own advice….and “t-h-i-n-k” before you speak

  49. Who did Blount punch? I must have missed that.

    Happy Green – when Blount was in college at the conclusion of a game his team lost he was walking off the field and someone from the opposing team came up from behind him, trying to bust his balls and rub it in, pounded on his shoulder pads w/his fists.

    So Blount, like 99% of guys would probably do, nailed him w/a beautiful shot to the jaw and knocked the kid down.

    Apparently he was supposed to stand there and let this kid keep pounding on his shoulder pads according to the court of public opinion.

    Both he and the opposing player were suspended.

  50. Ben Coates – was not found to have struck his wife. He was trying to run out of the house and she was punching and slapping him (for cheating on her).

  51. pettsmagee says:
    Mar 29, 2017 10:34 AM
    gambinofv says:
    Mar 29, 2017 10:18 AM
    Bill B hates women beaters unless you are Corey Dillion Ben Coates. Those guys just slapped there wives

    corey dillon was arrested in 2010, four years after retiring. and ben coates left a year before Belichick was HC. nice try though.

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    Wrong you must’ve started looking at football and 2001 he was arrested in 2000 for punching his wife 4th° assault

  52. I am not minimizing the fact that he hit that woman and it was disgusting to watch, but that was not the only time he reacted in a way that raised another red flag. Consider this:

    Joe Mixon was so frustrated with a parking citation that he tore up the ticket in front of the parking attendant and threw it at the parking attendant.

    Mixon reportedly approached the parking attendant right after the citation was written.

    “Don’t put that shi*t in my face,” Mixon told the attendant, the incident report states.

    Mixon then ripped the citation in half and threw it at the parking attendant.

    According to the incident report, the torn pieces hit the parking attendant in the face.

    Mixon then got into his vehicle and “inched at the officer with vehicle in drive to intimidate the officer with vehicle,” the report details.

    The guy definately has anger management issues. It wouldn’t surprise me that he will be arrested or suspended in the future.

    What else has he done.

    That being said, of course, he will be drafted.

  53. jpak12 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 7:05 AM

    And if your going to mention when he punched out the Boise player, it was in response to a racist comment, still not a good reaction but not the same as punching out a 110 lb woman
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    LOL. No. The claim of a “racist comment” was the pathetic knee-jerk spin job excuse Blount trotted out in the aftermath of his meltdown. No one corroborated Blount’s lie. He only said it attempt to get sympathy from gullible people. I guess he found at least one person who believed him, even though no one else, not even his teammates or coaches did.

  54. Did Mixon react in an acceptable way? No.

    But ALL women need to learn to that not every man lives by the “never hit a woman under any circumstances” rule.

    Had she kept her hands to herself, this would have never been an issue.

    Lesson learned.

  55. Oh yeah, because NE is such an upstanding organization. They wouldn’t want to tarnish that image. LOL
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    Matter of fact, as a huge Belichick / Brady fan, I’m immensely proud of the Pats’ reputation for winning the right way. When they get surprised by a bad apple, as every team does, they get rid of him. As far as all the crap about bending rules, nothing but unfounded, arbitrary, biased punishment resulting from owner envy and a weak sycophantic commissioner.

  56. getthegleam says:
    Mar 29, 2017 7:53 AM
    Says the team who drafted Aaron Hernandez…

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    I guess they should have borrowed your crystal ball.

  57. Gotta love this guys’ apologists. Forgetting all the pathetic excuses of gender equality that fall barely short of justifying rape, why would anyone draft a RB that felt threatened by a 100lb girl? How will he react when he feels threatened by a 250lb LB rushing full speed toward him?

  58. exinsidetrader says:
    Mar 29, 2017 8:03 AM

    Video shows he was struck first two times. Equal rights mean equal responsibility.

    This would not be an issue if a small man hit him twice and he struck back, would it?

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    A real man would have chosen a different option.

    Furthermore, a real man doesn’t try to justify this action by claiming equal rights.

  59. What I dont understand are all the guys expressing their moral outrage against Mixon and then vilifying the Patriots (“typical patriots yada yada yada” type comments) as if they were picking him up.

    Read the article (again or for the first time) and notice that it is about how the Patriots are NOT going to pick him up.

  60. firecracker87 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:06 PM
    getthegleam says:
    Mar 29, 2017 7:53 AM
    Says the team who drafted Aaron Hernandez…
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    I guess they should have borrowed your crystal ball.

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    Ikr? Its not like Hernandez was telling everyone at the combine or later coming into practice. Also didnt Bob Kraft wind up suing the school he came from because guys there had been witholding info and covering up details about his off field behavior when he was there?

  61. granadafan says:
    Mar 29, 2017 11:20 AM
    jpak12 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 7:05 AM

    And if your going to mention when he punched out the Boise player, it was in response to a racist comment, still not a good reaction but not the same as punching out a 110 lb woman
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    LOL. No. The claim of a “racist comment” was the pathetic knee-jerk spin job excuse Blount trotted out in the aftermath of his meltdown. No one corroborated Blount’s lie. He only said it attempt to get sympathy from gullible people. I guess he found at least one person who believed him, even though no one else, not even his teammates or coaches did.

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    So are you saying there is no excuse and any player that has ever struck another player should be out of football?

  62. Sounds like a bunch of NFL gm’s are going to play at being cagey so they can get this guy at bargain basement pricing.

  63. akaodoyle says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:33 AM

    Just say it: Bengals. He would be a perfect fit in Cincy.

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    The Bengals used a 2nd round pick in 2014 on Jeremy Hill, someone who arguably has a more disgusting history than Mixon. Hill was still drafted though and got his shot. Ultimately, Mixon will too.

  64. Why is the Patriots input even necessary or furthermore, why does should Mixon’s draft stock be affected by his actions in college? I know this will rub people the wrong way, but if you watched the video, the woman put her hands on and pushed Mixon with some force first. Then Mixon proceeded to clock her in the face. His reaction is excessive and wrong, but not because he punched a woman in the face. The reason it is wrong is because people need to keep their hands to themselves and NO ONE SHOULD HIT ANYONE. It is funny that every person that was raised right herd this as a child…”Is isn’t nice to hit people” from your mom, dad, or whoever. When you were 5 yes old did the sex of the children even come in to t
    What was shown in the video should be seen as an assault on both parties part and the sex of the individuals involved shouldn’t even come in to the conversation. This dumb idea that a man should never hit a woman is out dated and idiotic. Nobody should put their hands on anybody period. If you choose to, be you male or female, all bets are off and you open yourself up to whatever happens happens. Then the local authorities do their job.

  65. Mixon to Bengals ?

    Don’t understand all this Bengals hate; often criticised for a poor record on arrests/ personal conduct/ suspensions/ fines etc; even though other teams have a far far worse record.

    If you already have the worst; (but undeserved maybe); record in the league, how is taking Mixon possibly gonna make that reputation any worse ?

    One thing for sure; if The Bengals/ Pats do take him, Roger will find a way to suspend him; if The Jets/ Steelers take him; he’ll get a free pass…….

  66. This altercation isn’t even close to being a R. Rice incident. The woman thought she was a man, and found out she wasn’t. I hope the PACKERS take him.

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