The NFL rarely cares about vile behavior unless there is video

Since Monday night, January 2, when Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin collapsed from cardiac arrest during ESPN’s national telecast, I can’t shake the role of video as so powerful that it can render a thousand descriptive words, including facts, meaningless.

What would have happened to star Rutgers running back Ray Rice, had his NFL career with the Ravens not abruptly ended when video revealed him punching his fiancée outside an Atlantic City Resort & Casino elevator?

The video, which was viewed nationally during the 2014 season, resulted in Rice’s suspension and then firing. He never played again.

But would his career have continued if there had not been such a video? My guess: yes.

On Sunday, the Bengals play the Bills in a playoff game on CBS. Joe Mixon is slated to start running back for Cincinnati. It is highly unlikely that the telecast would feature Jim Nantz or Tony Romo citing important details of Mixon’s career:

In 2014, as a senior recruit for Oklahoma, Mixon was suspended for one season after punching a woman in a restaurant, breaking four bones in her face with what the Oklahoma media described as a devastating right hook. Take her off her feet.

The woman, 20-year-old Amelia Molitor and a student at British University, told the Oklahoma media that she had never seen Mixon before he first “harassed” her, then attacked her. “He punched me once. He broke my face in four places…my nose, my sinuses…they broke.”

Joe Mixon and the Bengals play the Bills in the AFC Divisional round.
Joe Mixon and the Bengals play the Bills in the AFC Divisional round.
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Ray Rice
Ray Rice
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Predicting retaliation from OU fans: “This is my biggest fear. I have been told to stay off social media to avoid it.” [OU fans] Coming after me.” College football fans can be very loyal, in that way.

Mixon was permitted to remain enrolled and continue receiving benefits from the full scholarship. He made an “Alford plea”, asserting his innocence while admitting the evidence against him, then granting him a deferred sentence for misdemeanor assault.

He returned in 2015 to lead the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs, and became the Bengals’ 2017 second-round draft pick.

Oddly enough – or perhaps not – there was and still is a video of the assault, but the local authorities refused, for the next two years, to release it. I’ve watched; It’s disgusting.

Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
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So, on Sunday, CBS is unlikely to even mention briefly, Mixon is set to start a playoff game despite his brutal assault on a young woman eight and a half years ago, as seen in a video two years late.

Would he have been allowed to stay at OU and then be drafted by an NFL team had this video been released right away? Or will he be charged with felony assault?

The Cowboys play the 49ers on Sunday night. Dallas veteran left offense Jason Peters — 6-foot-4, 335 pounds — was scratched Friday with a groin injury. If he was playing, Fox’s Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen, like other NFL Network broadcasters, would likely have noted Peters’ impressive All-Pro accomplishments, mostly with the Eagles.

While they may be dealing with his injury-related absence, it’s unlikely you’ll hear word about Peters’ 2013 arrest for driving Louisiana police in a car chase at more than 100 mph before finally being pulled over at 4:45 a.m. — as well as being charged with resisting arrest. .

He had previously been arrested for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Peters would have been hampered by running back Ezekiel Elliott, a danger to the civilized world since he played Ohio State for that ideal of social virtue, Urban Meyer, now having college football on the air with Fox.

Although he’s unlikely to be mentioned on Fox, Elliott was suspended by the NFL for six games during the 2017 season for violating its “Personal Conduct Policy” — after credible allegations that on five occasions, he assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2016. .

There was no video for that.

However, there is clear video of Elliott, in March 2017, trying to remove the blouse of a woman he was sitting next to while watching a show in Dallas. He only managed to expose her breasts. The NFL sent him a severance letter.

Ezekiel Elliot
Ezekiel Elliot
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And so Mixon and Elliott ran off to play, and Peters would have had to, while Rice, hooked on that video of his future wife, was banished for life.

Three days after Hamlin nearly died in front of a national television audience, a 16-year-old girl named Ashari Hughes died after a “medical episode” during a high school football game in Las Vegas.

This made the news fast and scarce. There was no video.

Ford had an interesting answer to a trivial 3-point question

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing:

The death last week of NBA player and coach Chris Ford, 74, has revived his status as the first 3-point shot in the NBA. With the Celtics in October 1979, Ford made a 3-pointer against the Rockets in a 114-106 win.

That inspired reader Bob Friant to get started: In that game, Boston tried three seconds. Larry Bird and Dave Coens missed out.

Houston went 1 for 10, with Rick Barry making one of his three attempts. Robert Reed, Mike Dunleavy, Calvin Murphy and Rudy Tomjanovic missed out on the other seven.

Kicker Friant: The last time these teams met late last month, a total of 101 3-point shots were taken.


Follow the bouncing political ball:

Provoked knee-jerk Rob Manfred, at the urging of MLBPA, not to mention President Biden, pulled MLB’s latest all-star game from mostly-black Atlanta and moved it to mostly-white Denver to protest the questionable claim that Georgia enacted a racist “Jim Crow voting law” – despite the results indicating exactly the opposite.

Rob Manfred
Rob Manfred
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Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell
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This short-sighted and misleading move, built on false and wishful political claims, cost the citizens of Atlanta and local vendors millions in expected revenue.

And now that the NFL has chosen Atlanta as a neutral site if necessary for the AFC Championship – and thus dismissed the position and decision of Biden, Manfred and the MLBPA with the help of ignorance – reader A. Masliansky has a question:

Would the companies that also bought into this bogus claim — including Coca Cola and Delta Airlines — call for a boycott or removal of the game if the AFC Championship Game was held in Atlanta?

And if not, why not? Could they all be wrong the first time, eager to thoughtlessly divide us first, and have a good look later?

Anywhere in Cali. Fine

I wonder if Fox’s understanding of American geography improved in time for Sunday’s Cowboys-49ers game.

This past Saturday, during the Seahawks-Niners, Fox provided a beautiful shot of the San Francisco skyline.

The only problem: The Niners play their home games in Santa Clara, California, which is about 40 miles from San Fran and outside of San Jose. It was like showing Philadelphia during a game at Giants or Jets Stadium, six miles from Manhattan.


Fox’s Joe Davis last week credited Seattle running back Kenneth Walker with the “good vision” of a running back who converted bupkis into a 5-yard gain. Excellently played!

Vision has always been an underrated component among running backs. He began watching Barry Sanders turn big losses into long wins with his superior vision, not his speed.


Reader Ken McGargill leaves us with this wisdom – and warning – after looking at Englishman George Orwell in his 1949 book “1984”:

“football [soccer]And beer and, above all, gambling filled the horizon of their minds. It wasn’t hard to keep them under control.”

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