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.
Joe Mixon’s Attorney Thinks TLO “Is Bad For Oklahoma.” https://t.co/4BT2VfIMEL
— The Lost Ogle (@TheLostOgle) January 5, 2017
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, 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.
I believe any rational person who has seen the video, and I’m not going to post it here (go find it yourself), will agree he got off easy. I will say the “rational” to which I refer even includes Johnson. He does have a law degree. We all know many attorneys don’t necessarily get to pick their cases, and that’s true, but then most attorneys, especially ones from prestigious local law firms, don’t go around loudly and openly accusing satirical writers with a large audience of misogyny and indecency.
If misogyny and indecency are so important to Johnson then why didn’t he decline to take the Mixon case and go to work for the American Civil Liberties Union or some other civil rights organization and fight for women’s rights? I get it that everyone, no matter what the crime, deserves legal representation and everyone has freedom of speech, but that means when you criticize me in an intentionally and extremely public manner I can defend myself and point out the hypocrisy in your position if it contains it.
So, it comes down to this, on one hand, you have a witty, satirical blog that runs features like Hot Girl Friday, a TLO segment obviously deployed on a business level to generate some clicks. (Been to the movies lately? Watch any television shows?) On the other hand, you have the type of institutionalized misogyny symbolized by Johnson and the Crowe & Dunlevy law firm, the type that really matters in our culture. Young, adult women, most of them celebrities, posing freely in their bathing suits or other clothing versus the perpetuation of male violence against women. “You make the call.”
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Mixon knows he’s at least somewhat immune to the regular rules of life. In November, he tore up a ticket in front of a campus parking attendant, according to media reports. Here’s how Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Johnson downplayed it, “He was frustrated, as most of us are when we get a ticket . . .” Yeah, sure we might get frustrated, but we don’t tear up the ticket. You get in even more trouble if you tear up the ticket. Only mean, angry and privileged people tear up the ticket.
Meanwhile, Boren finally weighed in on the release of the video after the Sugar Bowl, qualifying his decision not to expel Mixon after his violent attack on the young woman in 2014. According to a media report, Boren said, “Intercollegiate (sports) is a place of great opportunity for young people who grew up in poverty, who grew up in circumstances none of us can imagine. Let’s don’t take away that opportunity to rise from humble beginnings . . .”
Is Boren referring to Mixon specifically? Did he come from humble beginnings? If so, how can he afford the legal costs of an expensive firm like Crowe & Dunlevy? Are Mixon and his family paying the legal bills? Is Crowe & Dunlevy reducing its billing? Did they buy a futures stake on at least a figurative level in his possible NFL bonus signing? Surely, the state of Oklahoma isn’t paying the costs, right?
Did the leaders of Crowe & Dunlevy know their attorney or at least one of their attorneys assigned to the Mixon case was so overly concerned with misogyny, at least at one time, he went way, way out of his way to publicly attack the founder of a longtime local and popular blog and a longtime, local professor, who simply enjoys a good laugh every once in a while about life in Oklahoma and likes to see his former students succeed?