After the incident from March 2016, the Mississippi State administration announced that incoming five-star Jefferey Simmons will only miss one game as punishment.
According to USA Today Sports, Jeffrey Simmons will enroll under “conditions” but still will be allowed to participate in football activities.
Alabama fans, do you remember the Jonathan Taylor incident from last season? Fans and local media alike believed it was a bad idea to allow Taylor to enroll with a domestic violence charge hanging over him. While he was in Tuscaloosa, Taylor found himself on the wrong end of the law once again and was arrested again for domestic violence and was eventually kicked out of the school.
Many of the media at the time were calling for the jobs of Coach Nick Saban and even Athletic Director Bill Battle. Saban did answer questions at a press conference, but some media members were not satisfied with his responses.
Enter the Jeffrey Simmons situation in Starkville. This incoming freshman was caught on video hitting a woman on the ground, repeatedly. See for yourself.
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My question is a simple one. Here is a video showing the incident. They all see what we see. I don’t care if he was just breaking up the fight or someone had insulted some family members that had passed away. What I need to see is right there. Where are those same media members at calling for Coach Dan Mullen or athletic director Scott Stricklin’s job? Yes, there has been a few step up to let the Bulldogs know it isn’t a good look.
Some media members applauded Scott Stricklin for taking questions on the matter but vilified Coach Nick Saban when he didn’t provide the answer they wanted. There again is different treatment for different coaches.
This answer should have fired every single one of the media members up, but it didn’t.
I think some would lead you to believe they care about the outcome of these terrible incidents, but it really comes down to this. Mississippi State doesn’t sell newspapers or clicks on the website. The Alabama Crimson Tide does. It’s a sad truth. It’s either that or some media members are hell bent on taking Nick Saban down.
The very next time an incident like this happens (hopefully, there is not one), don’t pay attention to the school or think website hits. Look at the situation and give your fair opinion on the matter and don’t sensationalize it to pick up a few extra views. Your readers will thank you for it.
In domestic violence, sexual assault, or in cases like these, the demands from writers should almost be universal. If that is the case, the “fire Dan Mullen and Scott Stricklin” articles should be here soon. I won’t hold my breath.