Following a Sugar Bowl win over the Auburn Tigers, many Oklahoma Sooners fans wondered if Joe Mixon would return for another year on the collegiate circuit. However, the star running back answered the question on January 5th of this year. According to Jake Trotter, Mixon made the decision after receiving a first round grade.
Thank you, Sooner Nation!! pic.twitter.com/TTw7z4gPox
— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) January 6, 2017
With a rough start to campus life at the University of Oklahoma, Mixon continues to shoulder the weight and burden of a decision. That decision came during an altercation with a female student in the summer of 2014. Now, with the incident remaining two and a half years in the past, repercussions are still being handed down. The most recent of which involves the NFL Combine.
NFL teams received final combine invite list. Among those not invited: Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon and Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora, per sources.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 3, 2017
Reported by News9, the standout failed to receive an invite to participate in the 2017 NFL Combine. Citing an article released by the NFL in 2016, the league’s stance is clear, “a prospect invited to the NFL Scouting Combine will not be allowed to participate if a background check shows misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault.”
It’s odd that Mixon was not invited due to the wording of the clause though as it uses the verbiage of “convictions.” While the running back was charged with a misdemeanor, he was never officially convicted but rather entered an Alford Plea. But, again, we understand that the NFL has had a recent past with domestic violence and violence against women in general. It should not nor will it be tolerated — with or without conviction — by the organization. That part is clear…message sent!