Cincinnati TV station urges boycott of Bengals

AP

Well, maybe the decision to draft running back Joe Mixon won’t go over as smoothly for the Bengals as believed. Local TV station WCPO, an ABC affiliate, wants fans to skip the team’s home games in 2017.

“We are urging every Bengals fan to take drastic action,” an online editorial explains. “Instead of buying a Bengals ticket this year, take the $50 or more you would have spent on that ticket and donate the money to a nonprofit that works to prevent violence against women. . . . Enough is enough, Bengals. We can excuse another season without winning a playoff game. We can’t excuse drafting a player like Joe Mixon.”

It’s a fair position for WCPO to take, but where was the outcry when it was clear that the Bengals were interested in Mixon? It would have made more sense to organize a clear, unmistakable warning than to react after the pick has been made. (And if there was such an effort, few beyond Cincinnati noticed.)

Moreover, there’s still no reason to think that a significant number of fans will vote with their wallets or their eyeballs. Even if public opinion shifts sharply against the team, winning will change everything. Or at least that’s what the Bengals hope will happen.

In the interim, the question becomes whether fans will rally behind the effort to send a message to Mike Brown through his bank account. Ultimately, that’s really the only way to reach him.

121 responses to “Cincinnati TV station urges boycott of Bengals

  1. Better yet how about they stop watching ABC.

    Mixon deserves a second chance. Not excusing his behavior but come on, that gal wasn’t 100% innocent either.

    Regardless this is not about DV for that matter it is a publicity stunt by this TV station to steal rating from the other local channels that broadcast NFL games.

  2. Any kind of local backlash would be an encouraging sign. The Bengals as an organization clearly arent about “second chances” – they’re about football success at any cost. Morally bankrupt organization.

    Hard to see why they havent learned. Its not like this blindness to character has served them well in the past.

  3. It’s a fair position for WCPO to take, but where was the outcry when it was clear that the Bengals were interested in Mixon? It would have made more sense to organize a clear, unmistakable warning than to react after the pick has been made. (And if there was such an effort, few beyond Cincinnati noticed.)

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    This is such a weird disclaimer. If they did organize something, what does it matter if anyone outside of Cincinnati noticed?

  4. This is what liberals do.
    Give the kid a second chance for god’s sakes.
    One major screw up and you’re out.
    He sounded legit about the therapy he’s getting and continuation of counseling. It’s America – land of second chances.

  5. Simply put, the video is worse than Ray Rice. And Ray was banned for life. Joe Mixon cannot possibly play a game in this NFL. If Bengals plan to, then Roger Goodell should place him on the commissioner exempt list.

  6. This is what liberals do.
    Give the kid a second chance for god’s sakes.
    One major screw up and you’re out.
    He sounded legit about the therapy he’s getting and continuation of counseling. It’s America – land of second chances.
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    Liberals, liberal, liberals. This is not politics. This is decency. Honor and common sense.

  7. Who is buying tickets for $50? that’s not even enough for parking, add concessions and your looking at at least adding another 0 to that $50…but I digress, Cincinnati TV station is on drugs if they think NFL fans will stop going to games because the team drafted a player that could help them win games. We need to all stop looking at our athletes as the moral compass, if we don’t ask the same of our elected officials.

  8. This is a Troy Vincent issue. He is an outspoken advocate for ending domestic abuse. He is the one responsible for this. Boycott him and the NFL for letting this happen. Not the Bengals.
    Boycott their sponsors.

  9. If natty fans wanted to boycott, they shold have voted NO to the stadium tax. Then Brown would be another city’so problem.

  10. I hope the needed attention to domestic abuse can begin to extend beyond cases where there happens to be a video.

    As for whether Mixon deserves a second chance, I certainly believes he deserves a second chance at becoming a contributing non-violent member of society, but I’m not sure he deserves a second chance at such a privileged existence as being an NFL player. The colleges are full of law abiding athletes who will gladly take his spot.

  11. All 10 people that go to Bengals games? They get most of the money from TV and, if I recall correctly, the only way they avoid blackouts is by closing sections so there are fewer seats to sell. They are the Bungles, after all.

  12. They have an agenda just like everyone else…Mixon is an idiot but he doesn’t necessarily show a pattern of abusive behavior. If I’m wrong please correct me here. I’m not tuned into whats going on in Norman. All of a sudden the news station is soliciting $50 donations. That cheapened the message to me.

  13. Getting drafted by the Bengals is literally the worst thing that could have happened to Mr. Mixon. He would have been better off underrated and able to find either a better culture or play in the CFL for a year to show what he could do. Now ? Literally the worst organization in the NFL as far as behavioral standards go.

    As indefensible as his actions were, it’s interesting how there’s been little discussion of race and class in this whole episode. There are very definitely two parties at fault here but only one seems to be being held to any real kind of account.

  14. it’s supposed to say un-drafted. He would have been better off as a street free agent than ending up in that organization given its culture of tolerance for bad behavior.

  15. Everyone makes a mistake. I don’t know any other history or how was his behavior in high school. If he can stay out of trouble then he will get paid eventually.

  16. Anyone that drafted him knew that this (Strong fan opinions and media circus) was going to come with it. That includes the Bengals. They can’t be shocked.

  17. What if Mixon runs for 1200 yards? ABC will be clamoring to interview him and all the people dogging him will draft him on their fantasy team next year…

    Right or wrong…If you have talent, you will play in the NFL…

  18. Well the Bengals must have known something like this could pop up. So let’ s hope they have a plan to get ahead of it. Something alone the lines of having Mixon openly address the issue – “…the mistakes I have made, what I have learned, I appreciate this opportunity, blah, blah, blah.”

    The Bengals can’t hide from it and certainly it puts Mixon in a tough spot, but he has no one to blame but himself…

  19. Mixon has the right to seek a second chance.

    No one is obligated by law to forgive him.

    An NFL career is a privilege, not a right.

    The Bengals have decided to give him a second chance. The Bengals fans can each decide on their own how to feel about it.

  20. Hardly surprising that an ABC affiliate would encourage a boycott of the NFL, which is hosted on CBS & Fox affiliates. It’s so nice when your moral outrage just so happens to coincide with your financial incentives, isn’t it?

  21. Kingmj4891 says:
    May 1, 2017 2:18 PM
    Better yet how about they stop watching ABC.

    Mixon deserves a second chance. Not excusing his behavior but come on, that gal wasn’t 100% innocent either.

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    Why does he deserve a 2nd chance? What specifically did he do to atone for his infraction?

  22. cafetero1075 says:
    May 1, 2017 2:34 PM
    Everyone makes a mistake. I don’t know any other history or how was his behavior in high school. If he can stay out of trouble then he will get paid eventually.

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    Getting drunk and saying something stupid is a mistake. Laying a woman out by punching her in the face is not a “mistake”….it is a felony.

  23. Lets see….a TV station that doesn’t air Bengals games wants fans to boycott so they will watch their station instead. Nicely done and self serving.

  24. Solution!! The Bengals should rescind all press passes for them, then the station can have their reporters usually assigned to the Bengals volunteer. Don’t call for a boycott until you do something yourself to take action.

  25. When the fans start “sending a message to the owner via his bank account,” that’s when the owner sends a message to the fans by relocating the team.

  26. ninerfan81 says:

    Mixon is an idiot but he doesn’t necessarily show a pattern of abusive behavior
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    He does have a pattern.

    1. There is some smoke about an incident in HS that was recanted… maybe the father was wrong and maybe he had some incentive to recant.

    2. He broke a womans skull in 3 spots – on video

    3. He was suspend in 2016 for throwing an object at a woman and hitting her in the face with it… then he “menaced her” with his car.

    So, after he “learned his lesson” from his 2014 incident where he broke a girls skull… he got suspended for another act of violence with a woman.

  27. I live locally in Cincinnati and can tell you that local 9 is the equivalent to CNN in terms of fake news. It is a Network full of castaway reporters who couldn’t stick with other networks because they are hacks. This is nothing more than a poor attempt at a ratings grab for a floundering network with washed up anchors and little creativity. WCPO is #fakenews

  28. Ray Rice didn’t deserve a second chance (according to every team in the NFL, including the Bengals), and what Mixon did was at least as bad. Sorry Bengals – wasted draft pick (rather, ANOTHER wasted draft pick).

  29. maust1013 says:
    May 1, 2017 2:45 PM

    And if WCPO was a CBS affiliate there’d be nothing but crickets from them
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    That’s the funny thing. WCPO used to be a CBS affiliate until a few years ago.

  30. RavenzGunnerz says:
    May 1, 2017 2:22 PM
    Liberals, liberal, liberals. This is not politics. This is decency. Honor and common sense.
    ********************************************
    WRONG, It IS political. That’s why they call the media
    LIBERAL ARTS. What this Television station is doing is political and wrong.

  31. sphhh bengals fans. Maybe he deserves a second chance. but how man chances does pacman get? the list goes on. Bengals will not learn.

  32. the mixon story shouldn’t be about what NFL teams should have done with him or to point out she was at fault to. it should be about how these two young kids got themselves into this very public mistake, had to deal with the attention from it and then pushed to work through it and move on.

  33. twoteamsforlosangeles says:
    May 1, 2017 2:20 PM
    Who watches ABC anyway? Last I checked, it’s been 12 years since ABC last had an NFL game on.

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    As someone who has lived without cable TV for 20 years, if the game is on ESPN, then it is also broadcast locally on the ABC affiliate.

  34. bert1913 says:
    May 1, 2017 2:29 PM
    ray rice loves this pick

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    Not sure if Rice loves the pick but it should give him precedent in a lawsuit against the NFL if they let Mixon play….

  35. What BS the kid was young and made bad mistake in life…. Give him a chance to grow up & at least prove him self as a young adult now. He is willing to do charity and talk about what he has done and willing to teach kids.

    The media love to dramatize everything it’s better to report negativity than the good now days witch is stupid IMO. But that’s what sells.

  36. twoteamsforlosangeles says:
    May 1, 2017 2:20 PM
    Who watches ABC anyway? Last I checked, it’s been 12 years since ABC last had an NFL game on.

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    Thats actually a good point that the boycott is being called for by a station that is not getting a piece of the pie. If they start calling for people to tune out on the broadcasts they will be attacking their competitors by doing that.

    And I want in on those $50 NFL tickets too.

  37. unclebluck says:
    May 1, 2017 3:14 PM

    Not sure if Rice loves the pick but it should give him precedent in a lawsuit against the NFL if they let Mixon play…
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    That`s the dumbest thing said on here and that`s saying something. Rice is free to play.The NFL can`t force a team to sign a player they don`t want and Rice committed a crime while in the NFL. Mixon committed a crime 3 years prior and teams wanted him. There nothing anywhere near precedent for a lawsuit. Wow!

  38. What has happened to our news reporting? Why do these stations feel the need to give their opinion on the news instead of simply reporting the facts without bias?

  39. Wasn’t Mixon 17 or 18 when this occurred? In no way does it excuse what he did, but I think it does warrant giving the guy a second chance. I never hit a girl, but I did plenty of other dumb things when I was 17/18.

  40. Let’s face it, the time has come and NFL teams realize at some point you can’t pass up on a guy that can help your team. Tyrek Hill, Gareon Conley … the list goes on.

  41. I think Mixon will have 4 or 5 return TD’s along with a bunch from playing RB. This should get them back in the playoffs and set the stage for Burfict and Pacman to close out the game in style.

  42. Liberals, liberal, liberals. This is not politics. This is decency. Honor and common sense.
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    No this is Politics, nobody cares that Bill Clinton is a womanizer or that Hollywood types treat women like trash over and over. It is purely a media stunt.

    They want to make a stance don’t report on any Bengals activities, don’t cover training camp… can’t do that though because it might hurt ratings and we all know a cause is only worth defending until you stand to lose something.

    BTW ESPN and ABC are both owned by the mouse

  43. r8rsfan says:
    May 1, 2017 3:43 PM
    If he can score TD’s all is forgotten, right Chefs fans? (Tyreek Hill).
    ________________________
    As long as they learned from their mistakes, guys like this can’t get a third chance.

  44. Bungles fans must have started their boycott last year. Because there were an awful lot of empty seats in that stadium down the stretch.

  45. It’s ironic this comes up now when a couple of years ago about half the team was arrested. Also, first time I’ve ever heard of a TV station calling for a boycott of anything. I thought that was strictly the realm of newspapers.

  46. Interesting to see how much support Mixon gets, maybe it’s a younger generation attitude that it’s OK to hit women!
    Ray Rice is still unemployed! …where’s his “second chance”!

  47. I understand that Joe Mixon did a terrible thing, but if you really think this guy should be public enemy #1 then you need to get a grip.

    There are more devastating abuses to the detriment of a far greater number of people in each of our communities every single day, most of which are being perpetrated by far worse people than Joe Mixon.

  48. @
    “Ray Rice is still unemployed! …where’s his “second chance”!”
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    If Rice had been averaging 4 (or more) yds per carry instead of 3ypc when he was released, he would have hade several 2nd chance opportunities.

    The 4 teams thad had Mixon on their draft board obviously believe he can deliver a lot more than 3ypc.

  49. I think America has become a bunch of busybodies. The victim is cool with him having a pro football career. The Bengals want him on their team. Neither of these decisions are any of my business or yours.

  50. Left wing local affiliate is virtue signaling and giving vent to its SJW stupidity. Cincinnati would rather boycott this second rate station than the Bengals. Go Bengals! Welcome to Cincy, Joe Mixon!

  51. Hey WCPO – donate your $50 to organizations that support men who are abused by women since the girl hit him first. Or are you only opposed to one specific type of violence?

  52. Maybe no one should let this man ever get a job anywhere. This is ridiculous. If you have a beef with Mixon, it should be with the legal system. Maybe he should be in jail (that’s the debate), but once he’s settled his case and he walks the street, the man has to be allowed to get on with his life. Based on what I read, maybe no one should hire him……construction, retail, or anywhere because of his past character issues. Mixon might not be your favorite choice, but to boycott games, ha……that’s not something this Bengal fan intends to do.

  53. The press like everything else.. Elections?? are trying to influence the NFL draft.. Mixon has went through the legal process.. he has faced his victim, they both took responsibility for their actions and forgave.. Mixon has apologized and apologized.. He is sincere.. Now he has to face the Press and headline non thinking “fanatics” acting as judge, jury and executioner..

    Would the press feel better if we sent him to the Guillotine.. or maybe firing squad? What do you want from him? He made a stupid mistake.. he admits it.. she forgave him.. Lets move on and stop trying to destroy this young man..

    “Who among you will cast the first stone?? ”

    Shame on you..

  54. There are more devastating abuses to the detriment of a far greater number of people in each of our communities every single day, most of which are being perpetrated by far worse people than Joe Mixon.
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    Yup – there are worse offenders out there so Joe gets a pass this time. SMDH.

  55. I find Mixon disgusting not because i’m a busybody or don’t believe in second(or third) chances. There are people who make mistakes out of stupidity or negligence that deserve a second take. Agreed. However, this isn’t “just one of those things”. It is about having basic standards that the court of public opinion ought to enforce. Cincinnati fans should understand that are judged by the company they keep and their continuing support for guys like this is a bad look for all involved.

  56. PS… Who among us have not made mistakes? Abusing anyone is a bad thing.. Why make Mixon the poster boy for “women abuse” .. He just turned 18.. made a knee jerk reaction.. He admits that.. He regrets that. Now you are going to punish him the rest of his life? where is the justice in that.. Pray for the guy.. Have some compassion for both of them.. I think he can be more of a credit to society, talking about his experience.. It is all about forgiveness. If she can forgive him.. who are we to sit in judgement.. I think their are other issues more important to throw light on.. This is just a distraction that the press feeds on to keep away from the bigger issues facing our country and world.. I encourage everyone to critically think this through..

    My advice is clean our own houses and stop persecuting Mixon.. WE can not turn back the clock.. Let’s all move on, in the end it really does not concern us..

  57. While I have not actually read a quote that Mixon was forgiven, it seems to be the case. If so, a big bunch of commenters here are completely off the beam. And, I do mean completely. If the courts are done with him and she has forgiven, may I suggest you mind your own business!

  58. lol, if this dude does awesome, they’ll forget all about it and fully support him, I guarantee it.

    Hopefully along with success on the field, he will also be an active and positive part of the Cincinnati community.

  59. nhpats says:
    May 1, 2017 2:44 PM

    Why does he deserve a 2nd chance? What specifically did he do to atone for his infraction?

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    Well, the woman whom he hit (and the ONLY victim in this matter) apologized to Mixon and wished him well. She did not deserve to get hit of course, but she was the one that hit Mixon first, hence the apology.

    Mixon has done nothing to you and therefore, shouldn’t care what he does in order to earn a paycheck.

  60. stew48 says:
    May 1, 2017 5:03 PM
    While I have not actually read a quote that Mixon was forgiven, it seems to be the case. If so, a big bunch of commenters here are completely off the beam. And, I do mean completely. If the courts are done with him and she has forgiven, may I suggest you mind your own business!

    _________________________________

    The problem is, people are looking for things to get outraged about even if it has no effect on their lives at all. Most of this faux-outrage is done by nothing but a bunch of keyboard warriors who only type their outrage as opposed to getting off their asses and do something about it.

  61. It’s worth noting that Bengals games are broadcast on FOX and NBC affiliates. I’m sure the fact it’s an ABC station calling for a boycott has no ulterior motives, right?

  62. How many gifted young athletes need to have their careers and lives ruined for reacting to being hit by a woman? Him and Ray Rice were both hit first, and if you ask me, that’s fair play in humans interacting – genders got nothing to do with it at that point

  63. I buy tickets to NFL games and I buy products advertised on TV during games. I don’t care what Mixon did before he got drafted. I don’t care about Donald Trump assaulting women before he got elected. I want Mixon to help my team win, and I want Trump to help my country. It’s all about me. And if Ray Rice could run the 40 under 4.8, he’d have a job too. Nobody is blackballing Ray Rice. The guy can’t play football anymore. May the first perfect human step forward and cast the first stone. Geez.

  64. Give him a chance, if he makes a mistake cut him. What he did was wrong, give him a chance to make a living. How many player that are playing now that have had DWI. They put many lives in danger, they get a second chance sometimes a third. I don’t even like the Bengals. I believe in second chance.

  65. This is kind of a weird source for this issue (and the larger issue of supporting/boycotting the NFL) to take center stage, but…whatever. The point deserves to be made and discussed in earnest.

    People, including most fans, complain about the NFL constantly: the “no fun league” rules, the tactless appropriation of cancer and military causes just to keep up appearances, the conspiratorial denial of the concussion problem, the hypocritical moral stances, the unconscionable ticket prices (and PSLs!), and the free passes given to terrible men who do terrible things. We all complain. But the fact is that the NFL doesn’t care a whit–and it won’t change a thing–until people are willing to vote with their wallets. The NFL doesn’t care how much you complain as long as you keep watching. And there has never been any suggestion that people are seriously considering boycotting, so what will ever change?

    I don’t know that it makes perfect for an ABC station to be the first domino to fall, but I also don’t know that it’s important. The question needs to be asked: at what point does the NFL cross a line at which we’ll stop watching? Does the line even exist?

    I don’t have the answer. I love football, so I’ll probably keep watching…but it’s getting harder and harder every season. The only way it will get better is if we stop giving them our money. I think it’s time we at least consider if or how or when that will happen.

  66. Every company has the legal right to run a criminal background check on potential employees.

    Many companies will, with good reason, consider a potential hire with a criminal record to be a liability. These companies are fully within their rights to decline extending an offer of employment.

    In other words, Mixon is owed nothing.

    The Bengals did a risk assessment and decided the potential upside was greater than the potential risks. Time will tell if they made the right call.

  67. I’m wondering if all the people bashing then begals about arrest records go do that on the teams that have more arrests than the bengals

  68. Cincinnati has a long track record of drafting players with red flags/character issues. The ownership there just doesn’t seem to care, it seems. I’m not the least bit surprised they drafted him.

  69. raiderrob21 says:
    May 1, 2017 3:59 PM
    28 of 32 teams had him removed from their draft boards
    _______________

    If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale. Teams had nothing to gain by saying they were interested, but you’d better believe that if Mixon kept slipping more teams would’ve suddenly been “interested”. Plus that report from Schefter conflicted with a previous report that said 5 teams out of 16 were strongly interested.

  70. brettfavreisapacker4ever says:
    May 1, 2017 2:22 PM

    Thank God is wasn’t WKRP.
    I’d never be able to watch the old reruns.

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    BEST COMMENT EVER! LMAO!

    The youngsters here won’t get the reference, but you sir, nailed it!

  71. The kid was 18 and made a very bad decision. He’s paid his debts for 3 years under national scrutiny. I want all of to think of the worst thing you’ve ever done and imagine if that 1 second was known to everybody and held against you at every turn. This kids earned his opportunity and deserves a shot. If the bengals didn’t draft him somebody would have. So in short get off your pedestal people and give the kid a break, it was 3 years ago and he was suspended a year in college, did 100 hours community service, and has had to live with this everyday since, not to mention I’m sure he paid a lot in settlement and court costs. everybody involved is moving on except people with nothing better to do then mind their own business.

  72. Naturally right out of the gate you can find someone bringing their personal politics into the comment section.
    At every turn.
    Get over it. Good grief..

  73. If Mixon had been drafted by the fanboy’s beloved Steelers, the reporting would by far different.

    The kid did a terrible things 3 years ago and was punished. He deserves the same chance to move on as anyone who has committed a crime and paid the price levied by those with legal authrority. But when young black men do something violent — especially against a white woman — racism has a way of creeping in, and voices are raised to brand him a criminal who should be ostracized forever. Florio appears more than happy to write “journalism” that plays into that narrative.

  74. He’s a slime bucket. He will assault other women in the future. He could have easily killed this woman with that punch, instead breaking 5 bones in her face. I would imagine there would still be his apologists out there somehow justifying his actions and young age, and willing to allow him to play in the NFL. The NFL is the one that should be ashamed. But sadly, shame died quite some time ago in America.

  75. Did this same TV station raise hell about Adam ”Pacman” Jones’ antics? Yeah, didn’t think so. And that boycott didn’t work either, did it?

  76. Numerous reformed felons are working for small business owners and have turned their life around. Why is the NFL wrong to take this approach?

  77. That station should make a large donation to a stop domestic violence organization and a women’s shelter as well as stop covering or talking about anything Bengals related from their station. If they want others to do something , lead the way. Don’t let any of their reporters cover the Bengals.

    Just another bs attempt by a company when they won’t do anything themselves .

  78. America is the land of second chances? Last I checked, we still execute people in our country. A very definitive statement on where America stands on second chances.

    A man’s name still means something. Good men know better than to let their name ever become tarnished. If people are upset about him being on the team, that’s their right too. Bengals, like any organization in America, is free to do their cost/benefit analysis and risk further tarnishing their own name, that’s their right. The message is clear: don’t do dumb things because they do come with a cost.

  79. Since the NFL in all its wisdom allowed Mixon to enter the draft and be picked to make millions of dollars should’nt Ray Rice be wearing an NFL uniform making those same millions.of course he should as he too paid the price for his actions,just like Mixon has.

  80. Well it is the Queen City after all, so it should be no surprise that all the Queens are out crying for yet another affirmative action program for women, as if the 50 billion programs already in place aren’t enough.

  81. Acto t0 the commish, the NFL can’t penalize a person who is not (at the time) an NFL member.

    However, that didn’t stop him from suspending Frostee Rucker for deeds done in college.

  82. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    May 1, 2017 2:18 PM

    Will WCPO blackout MNF if the Bengals are playing?
    )))))))))))))))))))))

    Isn’t MNF on BSPN?

  83. brettfavreisapacker4ever says:
    May 1, 2017 2:20 PM

    This is what liberals do.
    Give the kid a second chance for god’s sakes.
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    What a bizarre post. You think liberals are tough on crime and want to throw this kid away? Isn’t that the entire Republican platform in a nutshell?

    It’s like you have no idea what the two parties stand for, or what the word liberal means.

    Maybe you ought to read a book instead of posting mindless drivel in here.

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