Bengals owner acknowledges drafting Joe Mixon was a risk

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals owner Mike Brown acknowledges that drafting running back Joe Mixon from Oklahoma was a risk.

Mike Brown says in a letter to The Cincinnati Enquirer on Friday that Mixon ''did a terrible thing'' when he punched a woman in the face in 2014, breaking bones. Brown says it's ''unacceptable for a man to strike a woman.''

But the team owner also says Mixon is a rare talent who could help the team win. He acknowledges that taking him in the second round of the NFL draft last week represented a risk.

Mixon thanked Brown for his comments on Friday before a rookie minicamp workout, and said he's trying to move on from the incident.


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