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Editorial: A warning to the Oklahoma Sooners

DGB might play for Oklahoma this season. And that is a terrible idea.

July 8, 2014

Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Maneater editorial board.

Dear University of Oklahoma,

We get it; he’s cute, he’s athletic, and he’s exactly what you think you need right now. You signed Dorial Green-Beckham, our former wide receiver, to your roster, and who could blame you? Who wouldn’t want him?

Well, we don’t. And we think that you know why.

According to NCAA rules, you need MU to sign a waiver allowing Green-Beckham to play next season instead of sitting for a year. If the school decides to sign the waiver, Oklahoma, we want you to realize what you’re getting yourself into.

To be honest, Green-Beckham’s past is sketchy, to say the least. He has twice found himself in trouble with the law for marijuana, and he recently was accused of allegedly forcing his way into an apartment and assaulting an 18-year-old woman. He was suspended from our team more than once, and he’s recently been dismissed from our team.

We would like to think that everyone deserves a second chance, and we certainly hope that he has changed since these last set of accusations. But seriously, if he did something bad enough to get cut from the team altogether, shouldn’t that be a sign that maybe he’s not the kind of player that you want on your team? The whole reason that we cut him from the team was so that he could be punished for what he did, and you’re just offering him a way out of that punishment.

What does all of this say about you? Why do you want to be a part of this? It seems like you just want him so that you can improve your team and, in turn, improve your reputation. He’s doing this so that he can get into the NFL draft as soon as possible. You are both using each other for your own personal gain. In what way is that a healthy relationship?

But hey, at least you’re not perpetuating a culture of indifference towards a player’s personal life. Our society doesn’t care what a player does off of the field, so long as they can perform on the field. Michael Vick’s dogfighting crimes; Leonard Little’s vehicular manslaughter accusations; and even Ray Lewis’ murder accusations seemingly mean nothing to the professional teams that they play for simply because of their physical abilities. But letting a man accused of assaulting a woman and with two previous arrests for marijuana possession on his record play on your college team is totally different. … Right?

Look, we understand: winning is the absolute, unquestioned, number one, undeniably most important thing to worry about. Frankly, nothing else should matter to you. If you think that Green-Beckham is going to help you win more games, then why shouldn’t you sign him?

We don’t want to see you get hurt like we did. If you allow Green-Beckham to play for you, you’re just going to use each other until you’ve got nothing left to use. And that’s definitely unhealthy.

But that’s none of our business.

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