Bengals President Mike Brown published a letter to the fans about drafting Joe Mixon
With a letter published in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals owner, and president Mike Brown explained his position drafting Joe Mixon
In the NFL draft last Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals selected a very talented football player who did a terrible thing his freshman year at college.
The player — Joe Mixon — is a top level football player by everyone’s account. Joe’s regrettable deed was that he struck a young woman, another student, shortly after arriving on campus in Norman, Oklahoma, three years ago.
Joe and this young woman recently met in person, came to terms with the incident, and they agreed to resolve their differences so they could move forward with their lives. While the circumstances that led up to the incident are unclear — what is clear is that it is unacceptable for a man to strike a woman.
Since the incident three years ago, Joe was suspended by the football team, pleaded guilty in court, and accepted the consequences of his actions. He later went on to become a good citizen in Norman, a popular teammate, a player respected by his coaches, and one of the most talented players in college football.
The Bengals take pride in our hometown and want to provide winning football on the field and successful players off the field. That is the reason we drafted Joe — he is a rare football talent, and his conduct over the past three years leads us to believe he can help us win football games and also become a productive member of this community.
In making our decision, we took a risk. In this case, the risk has an upside as well as a downside. We believe Joe has put this behind him and that he can turn into the player and community member that creates a plus for Cincinnati. We are going to do everything in our power to make this happen. Our hope is that time will prove that this opportunity is deserved, and perhaps — if given a chance — Joe can write a chapter in Cincinnati sports history that both he and Cincinnati can be proud of.
Mike Brown, President
The letter from Mike Brown president of the Bengals is at least a step in the right direction. They could have just not said anything which would have made the situation worse. This young man Joe Mixon, I don’t think should not have been drafted, but his overall talent made it almost impossible for that to happen. The continued examples that young men see of athletes hitting woman prove something is wrong. Mike Brown getting out in front of it at least can help people understand why they made the pick and what is most important to him and that’s winning football games.
The video is outrageous, and during the NFL draft, the ESPN showed it on national television which I couldn’t believe. Even though it was three years ago, I don’t think you are ever a different person. The incident is such a hot button issue now Joe Mixon is going to pay for it forever because we live in the social media era. But he really should because there is an excellent chance that Joe Mixon will do it again. I think that once that it’s in your head it’s ok to blast a woman in the face you will always believe that. The only way to stop young athletes from heading down that road is to make examples of them like Ray Rice. That person will always be inside Joe Mixon and Mike Brown will have to deal with the horrible consequences if this ever does this again. But they should be used to this type of PR nightmare dealing with Pacman Jones all those years.