Unless you live under a rock you are aware that Joe Mixon punched a woman in the face. I won't put up a link to the video but it exists out on the InterWebs for you if you so choose. The reasons NOT to draft him are numerous and obvious.
"The PR hit we'll take will be too big, he'll be a distraction, the fans will hate it!" (As if the fans ever like anything the team they root for does).
The reasons TO draft him though, go well beyond the fact that he's a fantastic football player.
No more obvious is this the case than the Aaron Hernandez story. Like many 'character' guys, he was projected as a high draft pick and fell to a later round. Hernandez was drafted in the fourth round by the Patriots because of his off field issues.
Aaron Hernandez murdered a man.
If we try to take a look at what actual, tangible repercussions the Patriots faced because of it, they simply don't exist.
- The Patriots didn't lose money.
- The Patriots didn't lose season ticket holders that weren't then snatched up by someone else.
- The Patriots didn't lose draft picks.
- The Patriots on field product didn't even suffer.
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So in the end, even in the worst of cases, nothing ends up coming back on teams that sign or draft 'bad apples'. Period.
Then again... maybe that's just my beliefs. Let me know your thoughts on Twitter.
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