Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin was left momentarily speechless when asked why he allowed woman-beater Jeffery Simmons to enroll and play football.
Simmons was caught on video savagely beating a defenseless woman on the ground before he enrolled at MSU, and his only punishment will be a one-game suspension. The suspension is the same as a targeting suspension, and far less severe than a suspension for illegal benefits, such as taking money for autographs.
“What message are you really sending when repeatedly punching a woman on the ground is the same penalty as targeting,” Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples. (RELATED: Video Shows Top Football Recruit Brutally Beating Woman)
Stricklin struggled to string a sentence together and mostly just sat there in an awkward silence.
“That’s an interesting way to put it, and that’s not how we compared it,” he said eventually.
Outrage over Mississippi State’s decision on Simmons has been quick and noticeable.
Luckily for Mississippi State that 18 year old didn’t moon anybody in the training room. That would be serious business.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 2, 2016
So, that seems like a pretty light statement by MSU on Jeffery Simmons. One whole game. For repeatedly hitting a woman. Okey dokey, then…
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) June 2, 2016
I’m glad Dan Mullen looked at what’s going on at Baylor right now and learned a valuable lesson.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 2, 2016
Wow, just a 1-game suspension for Mississippi State enrollee Jeffrey Simmons. If only there were video of him pummeling that woman. Oh wait
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 2, 2016
It looks like the questions for Mississippi State won’t stop anytime soon.