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A laughable excuse for hitting a woman

Oklahoman Published: August 24, 2014
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My thanks to Steven E. Morris (Your Views, Aug. 20) for holding the door and giving up a parking space for women. We all know that these two things are the ultimate way to show respect. I was taught that these are polite actions to do for anyone, regardless of gender. It’s unfortunate that Joe Mixon didn’t use better judgment himself. His actions have disappointed a lot of people, but to use the “reflex” excuse is laughable.

Most of us can only speculate on the video of Mixon and the woman he’s accused of hitting. But we do know that Amelia Molitor suffered serious injuries. We also know that Joe Mixon is more than 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He had a choice that night — strike Molitor or simply walk away. If someone is physically bigger than his opponent, he will be in a position of authority. It makes no difference if it’s violence directed towards women, children or other men.

Nothing good can come from striking another person. Regardless of what “world” people grow up in, they do have a choice. Walking away and cooling down would have better served Joe Mixon.

Sarah Abhayagoonawardhana, Choctaw