The way we discuss domestic violence, especially cases of domestic violence involving athletes, has changed in the last few months. This is partly due to several prominent cases in the NFL, most notably the controversy surrounding former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
However, there are also several notable cases in college football, including that of former Missouri and current Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. After a domestic violence incident, Green-Beckham was kicked off of the Tigers and transferred to the Sooners. It was rather controversial that the Sooners took on a player with such a checkered past, but in an interview with Sports Illustrated today, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione said that, given the heightened sensitivity regarding the issue of domestic violence, the school probably wouldn't accept him if he tried to transfer today.
Three months later, Green-Beckham was accepted at Oklahoma, getting a fresh start with one of the most successful football programs in the country. It was a move that Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted the school would be unlikely to repeat today. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said.
Domestic violence among OU football players is far more prominent than anyone wants, as two players -- running back Joe Mixon and linebacker Frank Shannon -- both have had run-ins with the law in the recent months.
It's good to see that Castiglione is taking such a firm stance on such a serious issue. Hopefully other athletic directors follow suit in the future and speak out against domestic violence.