Make your case for or against Joe Mixon.

Oklahoma Sooner running back Joe Mixon has a wealth of talent, no doubt about it.  However, he committed an act of retaliation against a woman who struck him several times in his face, breaking some of her facial bones with one blow from his fist.  He plea-bargained to a lesser charge which allowed him to serve 100 hours of community service and sat out a season at OK.

NFL teams will have a decision to make in April come draft time.  Add a player who could immediately provide a boost to the offense and weather the storm of negative publicity that accompanies that decision, or wipe their hands of him and lose out on a great talent.

What say YOU, Viking fans?

By northwoodsv2

100 comments on “Make your case for or against Joe Mixon.

  1. Here’s the legal side: The general rules of engagement in simple assault hold that the person who throws the first punch is in the wrong. Nobody blames you for defending yourself. Think back to the incident for a moment and imagine that instead of a pretty blond girl, it was a muscular blond male football player from another team who had a beef with Mixon. If he had shoved Mixon, punched him in the face and grabbed for his throat, and then Mixon responded by totally lighting him up with a single punch that knocked him out, it would be the blond guy who was charged with assault. Mixon would have been high fived back in the locker room for taking the guy out with such aplomb.

    But this was a young lady(?) so the whole thing goes out the window. If this was being considered in a court of law, how is it that she wasn’t the one charged with simple assault?

    People do deplorable things in moments of distress – shootings, stabbings, running people off the road with their car. People also get caught up in drugs and gambling, leading to other deplorable things.

    Even the show Cops is now charging the wife/girlfriend with domestic assault if she is the one who instigated the attack.

    Men are supposed to be gentlemen, but that should be with the consideration that the woman is supposed to be a lady, not a belligerent and physical aggressor.

    If the Vikings start a local campaign to improve his PR, maybe set up a program of counseling similar to what they did with AP……we could end up with a steal in the draft.

    Of course, there are no doubt numerous people in the NFL who feel strong enough about “NEVER hit a woman” that would make sure Mixon’s life would be hell on the field.

    But hey – a lot of people accepted AP back…..and his kid didn’t even start it.

    • Based on an Oklahoma law (basically is a hit for a hit no matter gender) Mixon is innocent, but public opinion will make him out to be the worst thing since Hitler.

      Talent wise he is worth it, but the headache of bringing him in will take away from the other players. With that said I’d rather take an OLinemen as McKinnon is good enough to be a starter if given a half decent OLine.

  2. In order to make a decision, I would have to know more:
    – What did the woman weigh?
    – How tall was she?
    – Was she an athlete?
    – Was she drunk?
    – Did she do any damage to Mixon?
    – Did he lose his temper?

    I am sure that the vikings will explore all these questions and decide if the reward from drafting this guy is greater than the risk.

  3. Any thoughts on if the Vikings should pick up Bridgewater’s 5th year option?

    I think it is a good idea as it will give him this coming year (4th) to get fully healthy, while giving him the chance to prove himself in his 5th season for less than what is currently given to “starting” caliber QBs.

    • The fact that they are letting him go to FA rather than attempting to restructure says a LOT.

      1. “We don’t need you.”
      2. “If you think you can get more money elsewhere, try it.”
      3. “When you don’t get more money elsewhere, we’ll re-sign you for the veteran minimum or you can retire.”

  4. “Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman reiterated Wednesday the team is keeping the door open for the possible return of veteran running back Adrian Peterson. But Spielman stopped short of saying he wants Peterson back.

    “I’ll stick to ‘all our options open,'” Spielman told reporters at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday.”

    Kinda puts an end to the speculation……….

  5. Partial list of Combine participants that the Vikings met with:

    RBs Perrine and Kamara, Gs Lamp and Damian Mara, QBs Kaaya and Evans, LBs Duke Riley and Carl Lawson.

    One could infer that they plan to A) replace AP, B) be aggressive in FA to sign OTs, and C) they’re not optimistic about Teddy’s knee.

    In regards to this list, they’ll likely have to choose between Perrine/Kamara/Lamp/Lawson with their first pick, because it is highly doubtful they will be available later. Hopefully the remainder of the interview list will be released soon.

  6. Disappointment barely scratches the surface of my feelings thus far today. For all the talk Spielman made in fixing the OLine leading up to this point…..ends up all it was is talk. “Exploring all options” doesn’t do a damn bit of good if you don’t pull the trigger and actually make an improvement.

    Kalil walks. Whitworth and Wagner signing elsewhere. According to the NFL tracker, Vikings are not listed as interested in Rieff or Zeitler or Fluker – despite all the rumors, so Spielman could be playing his cards close.

    Spielman is sitting back, waiting for the cheap crap that gets taken to GoodWill after the yard sale like he always does…….and we’ll be signing more OL crap 3 weeks into the season again…….and another overly expensive QB after Bradford’s leg is broken.

  7. Patterson is making the rounds too. Now off to see what the Raiders will offer.

    I get the feeling that NFL.com hates Minnesota. Still no reports of Remmers, and on NFL Mobile the most recent story is the Rieff signing.

  8. We currently have 13 OL on the roster:

    Z. Kerin – G
    J. Sirles – G/T
    A. Shepherd – OL
    M. Remmers – T
    R. Reiff – T
    M. Lucas – OT
    R. Hill – OT
    R. Fragel – OT
    N. Easton – C
    T. Clemmings – OL
    A. Boone – G
    J. Berger – G
    W. Beavers – T

    I suspect that the Vikes are done with adding FA’s on the OL.

  9. Eddie Lacy sets the veteran RB market with a 1 year, $5.55m contract, $3m guaranteed. AP better get used to disappointment in a hurry.

    Murray cancels his trip to Seattle, Jamal Charles still visiting them tomorrow.

  10. Mike Garafolo
    @MikeGarafolo:

    DE Datone Jones’ deal with the Vikings: One year, $3.75 million with the chance to make $5 million, source says.

    Jones has talent, but wasn’t a fit in a 3-4 defense as he is a hand in the dirt edge rusher, so he should make the most of his time with the Vikes as a rotational guy.

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