Marvin Lewis: We felt we could move forward with Joe Mixon

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The Bengals brought one of the bigger storylines of the second round of the NFL draft to an end when they drafted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged that the 2014 video of Mixon punching a woman is repellant — “I don’t know who isn’t disgusted at what they saw,” Lewis said at a press conference Friday night.” — but said that the team’s research into Mixon during the pre-draft process and the settlement he came to with the woman left them feeling comfortable about bringing him to Cincinnati.

“We’ve done such a lot of work regarding Joe Mixon, throughout the entire process this year and based on all the time, all the research, we felt that we can continue to move forward,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Joe’s situation kind of came to a settlement in all ways this week, which also led us to feel better about the opportunity here to move forward. We have done all our due diligence we could do, time spent, interviewing people, everybody around him, everybody around his background, people that have coached at Oklahoma with insight regarding him and how he has carried himself since that day.”

Mixon will be scrutinized on and off the field in Cincinnati, something that he and the team should already be well aware of and something they’ll likely continue to deal with for some time given how big of a story Mixon’s assault became in the last few months.

40 responses to “Marvin Lewis: We felt we could move forward with Joe Mixon

  1. “We’ve done such a lot of work regarding Joe Mixon, throughout the entire process this year and based on all the time, all the research, we felt that we can continue to move forward,”

    Translation: He’s a really good football player. Who cares if he likes to beat up women in the off-season.

  2. Nothing Marv can say will soothe the outrage…but I have a feeling if your team drafted him, you would all look at it a little differently. This happened 3 years ago (at 18 years old) and he’s been incident free since. Sounds humiliated (as he should) when he talks about it. Give the guy a shot to redeem himself.

  3. Bengals with another overstock dented return item. Marvin Lewis probably doesn’t want an extension because he’s like I’m getting too old to be going out here defending these picks.

  4. Because they haven’t learned from all of their previous mistakes. Screw the Bengals, screw Marvin Lewis, and screw Joe Mixon. They are all tone deaf.

  5. “Bengals with another overstock dented return item”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Bengals with a dented Ferrari.

    FIXED.

  6. Shouldn’t be drafted. If you want him, sign as undrafted. Otherwise it’s just a mockery of the NFL’s position against domestic violence.

  7. “Lets not act like the Pats wouldn’t have taken him next round of no one else did”

    Absolutely not. They have Gilleslie, Burkhead, White and Lewis. There’s little room for rookies to make the final roster as it is, they’re not going to waste a pick on a RB that will at best be a practice squad player.

  8. “Sounds humiliated (as he should) when he talks about it. Give the guy a shot to redeem himself.”

    I would hope he’s humiliated. When’s the last time you punched a girl in the face? When you were 3 years old maybe? Good thing he’s good enough at football for everybody to just walk over it. Ray Rice was already on the decline or he would have gotten away with it too.

  9. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:58 PM
    Nothing Marv can say will soothe the outrage…but I have a feeling if your team drafted him, you would all look at it a little differently. This happened 3 years ago (at 18 years old) and he’s been incident free since. Sounds humiliated (as he should) when he talks about it. Give the guy a shot to redeem himself.

    I don’t disagree with you. But it’s almost like moths to a flame: too many of these scenarios with this Bengals team.

    I’ve never cheered an injury in my life…until Burfict’s concussion. I’m still cheering.

  10. If football coaches hate distractions, I hope Mixon becomes a very big distraction for the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Which is to say, I hope public pressure wrecks the team’s season and costs Marvin Lewis his job. The way to get rid of people like Joe Mixon in the NFL is to get rid of the people who draft Joe Mixon.

  11. He did a very bad thing. But, if it is in the past, and he can just play football and keep his nose clean, the Bengals may have gotten a steal. Time will tell how this works out long term.

  12. Classless team, classless coach! Hope you lose all your games and have multiple injuries! Lewis should of been fired years ago!! Those helmets need to be retired!

  13. Obviously what he did was awful, but with the right attitude, I don’t think that he’s beyond forgiveness. I just don’t think that the Bengals should be the team giving him that chance, considering their reputation.

  14. Could Cincinnatti somehow be considering punching out folks as a form of additional training???

    I hope she will be well taken care of for a long time …. and that he, and lots of other guys, learn a painful lesson.

  15. It’s official. It is legal for Professional Athletes to beat the love of Josephat out of Joe Average and still get rewarded by his peers with high fives and big contracts.

  16. He’s a TERRIBLE coach that has under-performed with superior talent.

    I’d say he supports this pick because he is coaching for his job, but he should have been fired ten years ago so I don’t know why he is worried.

  17. I figured this would be where he went. I am hoping this team never wins a thing. They are so desperate to win they will draft anyone.

    Hate the Steelers. Hate the Ravens. Now, I hate the Bengals.

    #goatsareinnewengland
    #doyourjob
    #bband12

  18. Has pacman jones or vontaze burfict changed since they were in college?NO.So why would they think joe mixon will change.And this from a team with a woman president,Katie Blackburn.

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