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Kudos for OU's swift and strong response

Oklahoman Published: August 24, 2014

Kudos to University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and President David Boren for a swift and strong response to one of their star recruit’s wholly inappropriate off-field behavior. Rather than taking the unjustified traditional approach of “Let’s wait and see if he’s convicted,” they agreed that the alleged barbaric and criminal behavior of national top recruit Joe Mixon warranted suspension from the football team and removal from the team's roster.

Violence against women in this country by men, typically much larger and stronger, must stop. Let’s hope that male athletes across the country, who previously could depend upon their on-field value to the school’s athletic program to excuse such behavior, will take note: They can no longer get free passes when behaving this way. Let’s also hope that coaches across the country follow the lead of a highly respected coach from an area of the country not known for being at the leading edge of shifts in what’s considered acceptable in society.

Stephen Reynolds, Santa Cruz, Calif.

A laughable excuse

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

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