CINCINNATI (WWLP) – A television station in Cincinnati is urging its viewers not to buy tickets to see the hometown Bengals this year, following the team’s controversial second-round pick of running back Joe Mixon in the NFL Draft. ABC affiliate WCPO-TV called for the boycott in an editorial posted on the station’s website this past weekend.
Criminal charges had been brought against Mixon in 2014 after he was seen on surveillance video punching a woman in the face at a restaurant. He was suspended from the Oklahoma Sooners for a season as a result of the incident.
Mixon pleaded guilty through the Alford Doctrine- in which a defendant maintains his/her innocence, but admits that the prosecution’s evidence would likely lead to a guilty verdict if the case were taken to trial. He received a one-year suspended sentence and community service.
Mixon was also suspended for a single game in 2016 after a confrontation with a parking attendant.
In their editorial calling for the boycott, WCPO says that the Bengals organization could not control what Mixon did in the past, but they can control how they respond to such actions.
“A man hitting a woman is not OK. Drafting Mixon says the Bengals thing it is,” the editorial states.
They are calling on fans to take “drastic action” by donating the amount of money they would otherwise spend on tickets to organizations that work to prevent violence against women.
“It’s time we as fans tried to teach this team a lesson. We say tried because at this point, we have to wonder if the leaders of this team will EVER get it,” the editorial reads.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had publicly expressed an unwillingness to draft Mixon, due to the 2014 incident.