Was pick No.48 in the 2017 NFL draft a controversial one? You better believe it was. Joe Mixon, the former Oklahoma running back, now Cincinnati Bengal surely raised some eyebrows when drafted in the second round. Mixon if you didn’t know assaulted a woman in a cafe in 2014. The woman sustained four broken bones in her face, including a broken jaw at the hands of Mixon. Sound familiar? Sure it does, the name Ray Rice comes to mind and how the NFL has handled the cases of Mixon and Rice spells hypocrisy all across the board.
For those who don’t know the Rice situation which I’m sure almost all of you do, Rice assaulted his fiancee who is now his wife in an elevator back in 2014. The league not seeing the video suspended Rice two games following the incident. However, video surveillance of the assault was leaked and after reviewing the tape the NFL decided to suspend Rice indefinitely, along with the Ravens releasing him from the team.
Since the incident, Rice has yet to see a NFL field since. As for Mixon, he is about to see a whole lot of it. How did the league handle Mixon’s incident anyways? That’s right, they didn’t invite him to participate at the combine. Wow, that must have really hurt Mixon’s chance at a NFL career.
I’m not saying that Rice should be back in the league. What I am saying is that if the NFL and the media surrounding it are going to keep Rice from seeing the field again, then why aren’t there repercussions for Mixon. After Rice’s incident he attended programs, gave speeches, and even offered to donate his salary if signed by a team to domestic violence programs. Mixon on the other hand got by with a simple, “I’m sorry.”
Is Mixon a stud running back? Sure. Can he excel in the NFL? Absolutely. So why did the NFL handle each case so differently when Mixon’s assault may have been even worse? It’s simple. Rice was an aging player who had a few years left in the tank. It was easier for the NFL to make an example out of an aging player rather than ending a player who has a long, bright future ahead of him. In summary, Roger Goodell and the NFL, you are hypocrites.