The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, again calling attention to Mixon’s assault of a female student in 2014.

Upon the selection, Mixon was loudly booed by the crowd in Philadelphia.

After ESPN host Trey Wingo explained the misdemeanor assault charge brought against Mixon and the public outcry when the video of the incident became public, ESPN made a curious decision. They showed the tape of Mixon’s punch.

Wingo prefaced the video by saying it was very graphic and that, “if you haven’t seen it before, you just should be prepared.” Here’s a clip. Obviously it depicts a woman being punched in the face, so if you do not want to see that, you should not click it.

Many viewers online were surprised ESPN showed the video, given how brutal it is. There are a few different lines of thinking here. You can argue that ESPN should show viewers what Mixon did so they can understand why the Bengals’ pick was controversial and make an informed decision about the situation. You can also argue that a graphic video like that has no business on a television broadcast being watched by children, domestic violence victims and anyone else who might be sensitive to that kind of violence.

Some people on Twitter thought showing the video was unfair to Mixon:

Others felt it was unfair to his victim:

Others were happy with the network’s decision:

ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Brock Huard tweeted that his son was upset by the video:

NFL Network did not show the video.

Awful Announcing tweeted a poll asking whether ESPN should have shown the video, and the results are roughly split so far.

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  • James Q Morrison

    Mixon shouldn’t be allowed to attend an NFL game as a fan let alone play in the league and be on the field.

    • Shawn Diiorio

      Put yourself in Mixon’s shoes. I’m sure you would feel differently. He’s going to make millions in the NFL. You will not.

      • CreightonRabs

        The question isn’t so much whether he WILL make millions in the NFL. The question is DOES HE DESERVE to make millions in the NFL. I say no. That you can even defend him is rather sickening.

        • Shawn Diiorio

          I don’t condone the mistakes he made. At least he’s owning up to what he did. All while you sit behind your computer screen judging everyone else and insulting honesty from your invisible high horse until the end of your empty life, while he tries his best to be a good person for the rest of his.
          Seems like he deserves the money more than you do.

          • CreightonRabs

            You know nothing about me, so keep my name out of your mouth. You’re either a Cincinnati Bengals apologist or a first class douchebag… or maybe you’re both.

            Good talk.

          • Shawn Diiorio

            Your words make you sound exactly as a described you. So it sounds like I do.

          • CreightonRabs

            No, douchebag, you don’t. You’ve never met me, but you’re being a judgmental douche based on a comment you don’t agree with? Hypocrite, much?

            But, hey, YDY, boy…

          • Shawn Diiorio

            But instead of replying with a respectful comment you decide to fire off profanities.
            At least I’ve my language clean for the old folks. Try doing the same and maybe people will take your opinion with a grain of salt instead of wanting to flush it down the toilet.

          • CreightonRabs

            You opened the door, bro, not me. But, hey, YDY. I’m done dealing with neanderthals like you.

          • Deon Hamner

            You sound real tough on a keyboard. So he don’t deserve to make a living because he made one mistake at 18? That wasn’t murder or sexual crime… Give me a break. Nobody defending what he did, but he has right to learn from it, stay on the right track and move on. You sound like one of the clowns that didn’t want Vick to play anymore after going to PRISON!!! You know some people actually do learn from their mistakes you know

          • CreightonRabs

            This wasn’t a mistake, jerk-off. It. Was. A. Crime. How hard is that for you to understand? Especially if you assault a woman.

            But, hey, YDY and GFY you POS.

  • bibliomaine

    I hated Berman but I have to say that Trey Wingo was an inadequate replacement. Seemed nervous – as well he might be — but in keeping with the draft theme – he’s not first round material.

    • CreightonRabs

      So, when are you sending your audition tape to Bristol?

      Yeah, thought so.

    • PAI

      I actually like Wingo, just because he’s a low key guy and ESPN needs more of that. He’s there to report and referee his analysts, not interject with his own opinions like Berman did so often.

  • CreightonRabs

    I get that a lot of people are going to be upset by the video being aired, but rather than blaming ESPN for airing it, blame that Mixon thug for committing the crime in the first place. Pretty cut and dry if you ask me.

    • Deon Hamner

      So anyone who hits a women is a thug?… List just call him a NI$$ER.. No need to beat around the bush.

      • CreightonRabs

        Yes, anyone who hits a woman is a thug and don’t put words in my mouth, a-hole.

      • CreightonRabs

        And, while I’m at it, why don’t I just call you what you really are: a clueless douchebag who’s okay with lowlifes who assault women playing in the NFL.

  • PAI

    “NFL Network did not show the video.”

    Well, I believe they showed zero video of anything thru the damn draft. Actually forced me to watch ESPN so I could learn something about the players. Guess ESPN has good rights to their college product.

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