Musburger isn't apologizing for his praise of Mixon.
During last night's Sugar Bowl between Oklahoma and Auburn, ESPN's Brent Musburger praised Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and wished him well at the next level, which didn't exactly sit well with many viewers.
Mixon, as many of you know, was suspended for a full year for punching a woman in the face in 2014 and has caught plenty of additional heat recently after the disturbing video of that incident was recently released.
OU coach Bob Stoops gave Mixon a second chance and last night Musburger made it clear that he's pulling for the kid. During the broadcast Musburger said:
"Very troubling to see it," Musburger said about the video of Joe Mixon punching Amelia Molitor in the face at Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe in 2014. "But they all swear the young man is doing fine. Folks he is one of the best and let's hope given a second chance from Bob Stoops and Oklahoma, let's hope this young man makes the most of his second chance and goes on to have a career in the National Football League."
Musburger received a ton of criticism on twitter after making those comments and wasted no time defending himself when they came back on the air. Listen to his rebuttal, as well as some of the reaction on twitter, below.
Annoyed Brent Musburger must have checked his Twitter mentions during a commercial,, fires back over Joe Mixon criticism pic.twitter.com/JcwKkzIOTS— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 3, 2017
I rewound this to make sure I wasn't being too tough on Brent. Nope. It's even worse the second time. This is embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/QAoikxck9G— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) January 3, 2017
ESPN could have used the Joe Mixon story to address a huge problem in sports. Instead Brent Musburger wished him a lengthy NFL career. Yeesh— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) January 3, 2017
Brent Musburger just attempted to walk back his Joe Mixon comments and was just as bad the second time.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 3, 2017