Bengals owner acknowledges drafting Joe Mixon was a risk

Mike Brown says in a letter to The Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday that Mixon "did a awful thing" when he punched a woman in the face in 2014, breaking bones.

In the letter, Brown wrote that it was "unacceptable for a man to strike a woman", but that Mixon has served his punishment for the incident.

The Cincinnati Bengals made possibly the least surprising move of the 2017 NFL Draft when they decided they would be the ones to accept the risk associated with drafting Joe Mixon.

Mixon thanked Brown for his public support on Friday before the rookies' first workout at Paul Brown Stadium.

After Jones' arrest, the team made the unusual move of publicly apologizing for his behavior, especially his vulgar comments to police officers in a cruiser. "That's one of the things that, when they come here to visit, you always encourage them that for the next week and a half to get back on their training routine, because they've spent the last two or three weeks traveling and visiting teams".

Mixon said he was "thankful" and "very honored" to be drafted by the Bengals, but also knows that his past will not be soon forgotten.

He had to make a decision: which sport?

"I know he's really, really fast", Hamilton said after Thursday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh. He went to Memphis and was flawless on extra points, making all 202 during his four-year career - a remarkable feat, given how holders and snappers change in college. An anonymous poll found that just four National Football League franchises had the running back on their draft boards. He's changed already, taking the No. 28 that was free.

Team owner Mike Brown shared a message with fans on Friday, explaining the decision and admitting that there is some risk that comes with it. Mixon followed Dillon and sees himself as having a similar running style.

Mixon was one of the most dynamic running backs in college football in his two active seasons with the Sooners. "Only time will tell at this level".

Shortly after racking up his 200th career stolen base, Reds speedster Billy Hamilton says he'd be willing to race recently drafted Bengals blazer John Ross in a 40-yard dash for charity. Ross' 40 time is 4.22 seconds. "I have a timeline".

  • Carolyn Briggs