The Lost Ogle blog exposed the latent hypocrisy of a local Crowe & Dunlevy attorney who was critical of the blog’s founder, Patrick Riley, and even me in what appears to be a one-post shame rant a while back.
The attorney, J. Blake Johnson, really went after Riley and TLO mainly in a solitary 2015 post more than me, accusing the blog of, among other things, “latent misogyny.” (If you click on the link note the deceptive url.) It turns out Johnson represents OU running back Joe Mixon, who broke a woman’s face at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café in Norman on July 25, 2014. The graphic video of the incident, as just about anyone who is reading this knows, was recently released to the public.
In breaking news, as I write this, Mixon declared yesterday he’s done with Oklahoma, which all makes sense, and is now, in his view, is hopefully headed to the NFL to make lots and lots of money. In other words, he came to this state, revealed how spineless and unethical our leaders remain when he violently attacked a woman and they did nothing significant in response and is now thinking he’s taking all his baggage and athletic talent to the house for a personal, financial touchdown. We’ll see how that goes. I digress.
Actually, to his credit Johnson referred upfront to Okie Funk as “generally thoughtful” in his piece, but went on to criticize my celebration of TLO in a post as writing that adds spice to the dull and conservative media here, a belief I stand by. Johnson tore into TLO, however, with vengeance, calling it “indecent” and “mean spirited,” all of which really doesn’t matter on a larger level. Who hasn’t been angry at TLO or Okie Funk once in a while or even more through the years? Who even cares? Johnson seemed to want to create an internet flame war without any fire. That’s why I ignored Johnson’s post altogether when it first appeared.
I have more to say or maybe more to ask about the Mixon case, University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Crowe & Dunlevy in this post so I won’t rehash the TLO post in great detail. Here’s the link again. The post is irreverent, uses TLO’s colorful, sarcastic language and doesn’t hold much back, but then, as Riley points out, “The hypocrisy is strong with this one.”
The Mixon case, I believe, is just another case of a privileged athlete getting preferential treatment in an abuse case. Although Mixon still faces a civil suit in the case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received a one-year deferred sentence, some community service and counseling. Under the plea, the charge could eventually be expunged from his record.
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