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Packers Aren’t Shying Away From Controversial Players

Apparently, getting into a physical altercation with a woman means nothing to the Green Bay Packers and general manager Ted Thompson.

The Packers are enamored with Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon’s talent. And because of that, it appears they’re willing to overlook the fact that he flat-out punched a woman in the face back in 2014.

Granted, Mixon has apologized and settled all legal issues related to the incident.

That aside, the Packers are now kicking the tires on a another player who allegedly got into a physical altercation with a woman — Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley.

Brantley was projected to be an early-round pick, until this.

According to the police report, Brantley argued with the victim after he reportedly made crude comments to her. The woman pushed Brantley, and he reacted by punching the 5’6, 120-pound woman in the face. The woman lost consciousness and suffered dental injuries that will require a root canal to repair.

To be fair, further details have emerged since the incident, which took place outside of a bar.

The bar owner has come forward to say the woman repeatedly punched Brantley before he reacted. The woman also sought a settlement, which Brantley declined.

Something smells fishy here, but Brantley is going to drop in the draft regardless.

And frankly, maybe that’s what the Packers need to be looking at from a football perspective. The Packers are always choosing late in each round. They’ve whiffed on plenty of draft picks lately. They don’t get the same talent pool that bad teams do.

So maybe you look at the potential character risks with talent who slide to make up that gap?

We’re not condoning that route, but it certainly is one way to go.

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Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.

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  1. Pack Attack April 27, 2017

    If that shit is behind them and they can perform? Zero fucks given.

    1. Kato April 27, 2017

      agreed. I will be interested to see where Conley falls

  2. KILLER April 27, 2017

    “They don’t get the same talent pool that bad teams do.” — “Bonham”

    Well, that is just a big cop out. The difference between a Super Bowl winning team and worst team when it comes to the draft is one pick. One. Think about it. The bad team gets the top pick and the great team gets the last pick of that round. Huge difference? Seemingly but not actually.

    The great team gets one less pick in a sense but they get to pick one pick IN FRONT OF the worst team rounds 2 through 6. Great team has pick #32, terrible team has pick #33. Great team has pick #64, terrible team has pick #65. The advantage is slightly to the great team every pick other than the very top pick of round 1 (terrible team) and the last pick of round 7 (great team). So the vast majority of picks the great team is choosing from the exact same talent pool and even get to choose first!

    Obviously the Browns are fortunate (in a sense) to get Myles Garrett #1 overall (assuming they do not crap the bed and take a QB there). But, after that, the great team actually SHOULD have slightly better drafting success and the teams are selecting from the same talent pool though the great team has a talent pool obviously one player better than the poor team.

    The limited talent pool excuse to justify taking players with questionable behavior is a very weak, really, a false excuse.

    “Bonham”, your Kung Fu is quite weak.

  3. Gort April 27, 2017

    There are over 300 draft choices after the end of round 1. There are lots of quality players (Tom Brady) and lots of busts (Brohm) available after the 32nd pick. The Pack have so very many needs that they MUST not reach for a project. Don’t reach for a projected 4th round pick in the 2nd round. Look for the high draft talent that dropped a few choices. Rodgers is the classic example – a potential #1 pick that we got at #24.

    Really take the best available player this time!