Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon gets heat from the enemy

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Oct 15, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) hurdles Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Dante Barnett (22) to score a touchdown during the first quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) hurdles Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Dante Barnett (22) to score a touchdown during the first quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s time to put away the childish grudges and let Joe Mixon show his colors. Constantly painting him as the Bengals’ latest villain is getting old.

Most of the negative assumptions about Joe Mixon will never die. When the Cincinnati Bengals selected the talented running back from Oklahoma, the dam burst. It was suddenly open season on the franchise and the character of certain players. Cincinnati was immediately thought of as the halfway house for wayward young men. Though Mixon has paid his debt (some will say he’ll never be able to), his past is always brought up.

What’s the latest scoop on Mr. Mixon? Actually, it’s not a new development. What’s new is the source. Well, at least my eyeballs are looking at it as a relatively fresh source. From the vault of Behind The Steel Curtain, the  Bengals’ selection of Mixon proved that the franchise has no problem with “low-character guys.”

Well, I’ll do my part to fuel the rivalry. The article is based on the premise of getting Steelers fans ready for the enemy. A brief description and analysis of the draft class are given to familiarize Yinzers with the players they need to know. For the most part, the analysis is spot on. But, the heat gets turned up when Mixon is mentioned.

Here Ya Go

"No. 28 RB Joe Mixon The pick of Mixon so high both enrages me and makes me laugh all at the same time. I didn’t want to see him rewarded going in the early rounds despite his transgressions and Cincinnati continues to display no scruples whatsoever. More from Bengals NewsDenzel Ward wants to flex on Bengals WRs in 2022Scouting the enemy: Bengals preseason opener chat with Raising ZonaBengals should place these 3 players on the trade block3 advantages the Bengals have over the Steelers in 2022Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase reveals his top 5 wide receiversMixon has great size (6’1″/226 lbs.) and his play has been compared to Le’Veon Bell. He is a versatile weapon that can move all over the field. Last year he had 1,812 yards from scrimmage and 15 scores. However, he punched a woman in the face and anybody who wants to see video proof can. He also was suspended for harassing a parking attendant. Which means he continues to display total disregard for society. He has the talent that the Steelers will find it difficult to contain him. The Bengals, who have no problem bringing in low-character guys, may have trouble containing him as well."

Actually, it seems like the basis of the analysis is geared towards generating more hate towards Mixon. Three sentences (I’ll wait while you count) were devoted to the skills that Mixon brings to the table. In essence, more hate-speak towards a young man who hasn’t had a chance to ram the ball down the Steelers’ collective throats.

Elsa Is Losing Her Voice

As I mentioned before, Joe has done something no one will quickly forget. But, to constantly regurgitate the same idiotic drivel shows a holier-than-thou attitude that always screams narrow-minded viewpoint. Instead of rallying the Pittsburgh troops with a “demean the convict” approach, scrutinize the man by his accomplishments on the field.

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As far as his total disregard for all things good, that’s a personal dig that isn’t based on constant fact. Mixon isn’t roving around punching women in the face. But, you aren’t going to see him walking little old ladies across the street either. Get over it. It happened in the past and the Bengals have given him a chance to right the wrongs and move on with his life. Hopefully, that means shredding the Steelers defense for a buck fifty twice a year.

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