Would We Get A Free Pass?
I don’t want to make this about me. But think of this for a second: If I were to haul off and punch a woman in the face publicly, my journalism career would be over. Simple and plain.
For some strange reason, those who are athletically gifted are allowed multiple chances — and while some do turn things around — most don’t. I’m hoping for the sake of the Bengals, the fan base, and Mixon, that he continues to stay out of his own way. But for me, it’s still a gamble.
And if your argument for Mixon is based on the fact that he has, “too much football talent to waste,” then you may be too far out of touch with the gravity of the situation.
Drafting Mixon shows that ownership is desperate and that they are completely out of touch with its fan base. It also throws another jab in the face of abused women everywhere.
It’s crazy how we (as people) seem to always find false idols to worship. While we’re on the topic of idols, and role models. I feel as though those titles used to mean something. Now I feel as though they’re a generally lost concept.
And I know that Mixon was relatively young when the incident occurred, but that doesn’t make it any easier to sit with. Thousands of kids will be looking up to this man, for all that he is, and was. Your past does not disappear.
Let’s look at it in a different way. If your mother or sister was beaten up by a man, how would that make you feel? Would you be “okay” with that person? Could you just let it slide like, “It’s cool, that was the old Joe.”