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Jets GM: ‘No problem’ avoiding domestic violence offenders in draft

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan says he has “no problems whatsoever” avoiding prospects with domestic violence histories during the NFL draft. Maccagnan has his own experiences with the issue, prompting a deep reluctance on his part to have such a player find a spot on the Jets’ draft board.

“There’s some things that are extremely egregious that I personally have a very hard time condoning,” the Jets GM said during his pre-draft news conference Monday, via the New York Daily News. “And (domestic) violence in particular is a very serious thing to me. For me and my wife, we’ve had a personal experience with that … We don’t take it lightly.”

Former Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon, regarded as a first-round-caliber talent, has seen his draft stock plummet due to an incident in 2014 — caught on video — where he punched a female student during an altercation. While there have been other players heading into the draft with similar, troubling histories, Mixon is by far the most prominent.

Maccagnan wouldn’t say whether or not Mixon is on the Jets’ draft board.

As noted, Maccagnan, along with wife Betty, has a very personal history with the issue of domestic violence. Friends of the couple died in a domestic violence murder-suicide seven years ago. It prompted the Maccagnans to become involved with raising awareness about the issue through the One Love Foundation.

The tragic nature of what Maccagnan experienced clearly has trickled down into the Jets’ approach regarding such matters.

“We vet this stuff as thoroughly as we can,” Maccagnan said, noting he wasn’t specifically addressing Mixon. “We try to make sure we’re accurate in terms of passing our verdict on if we think they’re guilty or bad or whatever. We take that very seriously. In the end, I have no problem whatsoever taking players off the board from that standpoint. I’d rather make sure we focus on players that are good players and ideally good people and good members of our society.”