Berry Tramel and I agree on one thing regarding the Pickleman’s Café episode. Joe Mixon should not have punched Mia Molitor.
Then again Berry makes his living writing for simplistic readers and OU-haters. I, on the other hand have the luxury of seeing both sides of any issue and writing what I damn well please so as you might imagine our opinions after the first statement are different.
The OU staff has done a marvelous job of keeping Joe from the press so in the case of Joe Mixon’s character, Berry knows about as much as I do about that subject. Joe’s attorneys did the rest by forcing Joe to stay mum on the subject.
What seems to get lost in all of this is that there were two combatants involved in the Pickleman’s Café episode that night. One party was drunker that Hooter Brown. That person apparently had been raised to disrespect black people and possibly football players. One party was itching for a fight and did everything she could do to make it happen.
The other party had a solid right hook and it is that party who will be vilified by the local press until the cows come home. Again, Joe should have walked away, but then again, I have never been a black man and the victim of racial slurs so I don’t know if I could have walked away.
Many in the press have roasted Bob Stoops for keeping Joe on the team, but as for me, I applaud Bob for his consistency. To my knowledge, Bob has never kicked a player off the team for one incident. In this day of political correctness when playing up to the press is valued, I am reassured that Bob can take the heat and do what he believes to be right by his players.
Just like the rest of us, 17-year-old kids (turned 18 that day) do dumb things, particularly in the heat of the moment. We were not sent to the gallows and neither should today’s kids.
For those who assume that Joe Mixon has gone unpunished for his part in this sordid affair, let me remind you of the price he paid to stay in Norman.
…Joe was dismissed from the football team for one year.
…Joe was not allowed to practice or even associate with the team for one year.
…Joe lost his scholarship for one year and had to pay his own way to school.
…Joe pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and served a thousand hours of community service… (that is the equivalent of 12 months at 20 hours per week)
…Joe has been vilified in the press…
…Joe will be forever known as the guy who punched the blonde chick.
If I had been Joe, I would have taken the easy way out and packed my bags for California. Three years later he would be making millions in the NFL.
Lost in all of this is the fact that Joe decided to honor his word and stay at OU. Loyalty to your coaches, teammates and to a university 2,000 miles from home is a rare commodity these days.
Sounds like a man of character to me…