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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.

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40 Responses to “Marvin Lewis: We felt we could move forward with Joe Mixon”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Apr 28, 2017 9:48 PM

    With Pacman for a mentor, what could possibly go wrong?

  2. curtj5 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:50 PM

    Dontcha think since you are the Bengals maybe ya shoulda passed on him?

  3. buttfumbles says: Apr 28, 2017 9:52 PM

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

  4. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 28, 2017 9:53 PM

    “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.

  5. dapros says: Apr 28, 2017 9:54 PM

    Burfict can show him how to act like a real Bengal

  6. charger383 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:54 PM

    I hope he become all pro for many years just to bother the busybodies

  7. 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.

  8. murraysons says: Apr 28, 2017 10:00 PM

    Some teams just can’t help themselves

  9. maestro1899 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:02 PM

    #SCUM

  10. realfootballfan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:04 PM

    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.

  11. murraysons says: Apr 28, 2017 10:04 PM

    They really must have liked what they saw on tape

  12. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 28, 2017 10:08 PM

    Move forward??
    How about trying to win a wild card playoff game in your lifetime coach clueless.

  13. Ghost Rat says: Apr 28, 2017 10:08 PM

    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.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 28, 2017 10:09 PM

    “Bengals with another overstock dented return item”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Bengals with a dented Ferrari.

    FIXED.

  15. irishgary says: Apr 28, 2017 10:11 PM

    What a garbage organization

  16. rootpain says: Apr 28, 2017 10:13 PM

    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.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:15 PM

    “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.

  18. swhy19 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:21 PM

    Roethlisberger and Jameis Winston make this kid Mixon look like an angel…

  19. jimmyhaffa says: Apr 28, 2017 10:22 PM

    “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.

  20. thisonesforpat says: Apr 28, 2017 10:24 PM

    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.

  21. thrifty says: Apr 28, 2017 10:26 PM

    Bengals love their rejects.

  22. jrossizzle says: Apr 28, 2017 10:30 PM

    Mixon hits the hole hard

  23. davefromtheburgh says: Apr 28, 2017 10:35 PM

    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.

  24. saltineamerican says: Apr 28, 2017 10:40 PM

    I’m so pleased he was drafted. I hope he does really well. Hopefully the girl that slapped him learned her lesson.

  25. atljetsfan says: Apr 28, 2017 11:00 PM

    GLad he was drafted that was 3 years ago he paid his debts time move

  26. burtmustin says: Apr 28, 2017 11:20 PM

    Joe Mixon will partner up with Ray Rice in a future season of Dancing with the Stars.

  27. dbarnes79 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:21 PM

    If I’m a coach, gm, owner whatever, he’s off my board. Character has to count for something!

  28. valentino8100 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:36 PM

    Translation: He fits right into our organizational culture. SMH.

  29. bslice says: Apr 28, 2017 11:39 PM

    they really beat everyone to it

  30. twinfan24 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:44 PM

    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.

  31. honalulublue says: Apr 29, 2017 12:10 AM

    Anything to save his job. Desperation pick by Marv.

  32. meximyke says: Apr 29, 2017 1:04 AM

    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!

  33. badoglick says: Apr 29, 2017 1:27 AM

    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.

  34. wolfman55h says: Apr 29, 2017 2:33 AM

    Might just be the sock in the jaw this team needs….too soon?

  35. jgintx says: Apr 29, 2017 5:16 AM

    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.

  36. rugolin says: Apr 29, 2017 6:14 AM

    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.

  37. dansadenverfan says: Apr 29, 2017 6:16 AM

    Mixon packs quite a knockout punch.

  38. exinsidetrader says: Apr 29, 2017 6:26 AM

    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.

  39. usa98j30t4 says: Apr 29, 2017 7:53 AM

    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

  40. josbur63 says: Apr 29, 2017 7:30 PM

    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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