According to this source, the New England Patriots made it clear that they have no interest in pursuing running back Joe Mixon in the draft, it raises an interesting question in the world of the NFL, what is too much for a team to take on as far as baggage?
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With Joe Mixon, the New England Patriots would be gaining a massive talent in a needed positon for the team. Mixon, who has questionable character, is a valuable player with a ton of potential. However, New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft made it clear about his stance regarding domestic violence.
“While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right,” Kraft told the Herald. “For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women.”
Domestic violence is a big concern in the NFL and in life as a whole. For the Patriots, violence against women is a line that must not be crossed if you want to wear a New England uniform.
With former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, he never found work in the NFL after his domestic violence incident. Domestic violence is a line for many teams that makes even the most talented of players unapproachable.
The Pats signed wide receiver Michael Floyd last season after his DUI charges. Questionable character is a problem in all aspects of life and this transcends into sports. Some offenses and crimes are hard to forgive. Robert Kraft makes a great point regarding playing in the NFL being a privilege. With domestic violence, that privilege is revoked in New England.