OTC: Second Rape Accusation Ends Mike Dixon’s Career At MU / Why Now And Not 3 Years Ago?

“It’s been a challenging few months, and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community, including my coaches and teammates, it’s in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri for me to finish my career elsewhere.”
Michael Dixon, in a statement released by the University of Missouri on Thursday
GH: This official released by Missouri ended Michael Dixon’s career as a student athlete at Mizzou but opened a Pandora’s Box of questions as to why it took almost three years for the school to act on the accusation of rape by one of their own athletic department employees. Read on.

“[Dixon’s] announcement came hours after the Post-Dispatch posted online a story [Thursday] about a second rape accusation against Dixon coming to light in a two-day period. It’s uncertain whether the story precipitated Dixon’s departure.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Missouri had almost three years to act on this charge of rape from January 2010. So the Post-Dispatch makes the alleged victim’s testimony public and on the same night Dixon releases a statement that he’s done at Mizzou? This is a coincidence? No. This is a university with a lot of questions left unanswered – on the behalf of the woman and Dixon.

“The alleged victim, then an MU employee, told the source close to her that at least two Mizzou athletics officials knew about it soon after she shared the information with authorities. … [She] stated she was concerned that since Dixon is a basketball player [for Mizzou] that no one would believe her about what happened and she may be persecuted for it. That fear included concern about reprisal from Dixon, who she said with descriptions consistent in both interviews forced intercourse upon her despite her protests and struggle. A nurse who attended the initial interview indicated that ‘from the injuries sustained, she believes force was involved,’ the report summarized.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: These statements from the woman should be incredibly troubling for anyone associated with the Missouri Athletic Department. This woman was an employee of the athletic department at the time of this alleged rape. What kind of a work environment would make a female employee that afraid of reprisal for reporting a rape?

“The alleged victim declined to press charges, she said in a supplemental follow-up interview conducted by Det. Sam Easley, for various reasons ‘including not wanting her family to know and not going through the pressure and harassment from outside sources.’”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: This woman was a student and a coworker to the members of the Mizzou Athletic Department. Keep that in mind as you read on.

“She believed, to it being discussed at a broader athletic department meeting. Though she was unsure of who attended the meeting, soon thereafter she apparently was invited to meet with then-MU basketball coach Mike Anderson. Anderson was sympathetic, she said in a past interview with the Post-Dispatch and the source verified Thursday, to the point where the coach cried as she told her story.”
Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Anderson was the head of the basketball program at the time. One of his players is accused of raping a Missouri student who also works in the athletic department. He is so moved by her story that he cries in her presence. It then takes three years and the public exposure by the Post-Dispatch of this incident before Missouri’s ties with Dixon are severed. Wow.

“Each source said Anderson also told her he could take no action unless she moved forward with the accusation, presumably meaning into the legal process though possibly also meaning entering into a complaint to Mizzou — such as the one that engaged the Student Conduct Committee more recently. Anderson in no way tried to pressure her not to take it forward, each source said.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Put yourself in Anderson’s position. You are the manager of a department and one of your company’s female employees comes to you and accuses an employee under your charge of rape. She doesn’t want to press charges because she is afraid what her family and fellow employees will think of her. Do you tell this young woman there is nothing you can do for her unless she presses charges? Or do you get to the bottom of this story and find out if your male employee is guilty? Anderson wasn’t the only MU athletic department employee to know about these accusations. This had to be widely known with the MU athletic family. Read on.

“It was later suggested she move on from her MU job, the source said Thursday, though specifying that she wasn’t forced out and that she seemed to take the suggestion as in her best interests.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: How convenient and completely insensitive of Missouri to suggest the woman leaves her job and Dixon be allowed to not only stay but flourish in their system. Obviously, the MU athletic department believes some or all of her story – or why else is Dixon now gone? I cannot believe this is how MU chose to handle this situation. In corporate America, there would be hell to pay.

“She told Dixon she would never get an abortion, and she stated Dixon told her that if he found out she was pregnant he would ‘kick her in the stomach and push her down the stairs,’” the report said. She “stated Dixon was laughing as he was saying this and did not think anything was a big deal.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: The text here is unclear to me. Was she saying Dixon didn’t think it was a big deal or she didn’t think his threat was a big deal? But how does Anderson and the MU athletic department read those lines and shove this under the rug for three years?

“On the final page of the report, written on Jan. 21, 2010, Easley writes that the alleged victim did not wish to prosecute or want Dixon to be contacted concerning the case.”
Vahe Gregorian, writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: Does this mean that Dixon was not only once again not questioned about these accusations but might not have even been made aware of the woman’s testimony against him? How is that fair to the accused Dixon? In both accusations of rape against Dixon, we are judging them almost solely on the testimony of the alleged victims. That was enough to end Dixon’s career and ruin his reputation in his home state and beyond. If he’s guilty, he deserves to be trashed. But the facts are he’s been charged with nothing. He hasn’t even been questioned by authorities.

“Yea I’m done here bro I’m not gonna be here anymore another girl my freshman year pulled this … on me now it’s coming out and everyone is gonna think it’s real so I’m thru bro I appreciate you tho just let as many (people) as u can know.”
Michael Dixon, in a text to a friend Thursday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: We don’t know nearly enough to make any final judgments here – but there are obviously some differences of opinion between the alleged victims and Dixon. Mizzou has some explaining to do.

“People need to make the distinction between not breaking the law and not being a good rep of an organization. Far different standards.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: When was it that Missouri made the decision that Dixon was/is a poor representative of the university? And why? Was he just fine representing the school the three years he played after the first accusation? Is he a poor representative now that the public is aware of these accusations? Is it simply a case of bad PR for the school?  I don’t know the facts – but it appears those who do have chosen not to charge Dixon. That would seem to me to be a very interesting case for any attorney who wishes to take on MU.

“Watch Michael Dixon transfer to an MIAA school. Close to home and can play immediately.”
Carrington Harrison, @ cdotharrison, Twitter
GH: What school in this state or any other is going to welcome a student athlete who has left his former campus because of two rape accusations? Dixon better brush up on his Italian or Russian if he is looking to continue to play hoops.

“I’ll begin with a confession. I’m no expert and not even a participant in the new communication channels. I’ve never tweeted on Twitter; I don’t have a Facebook page; I decline all invitations to join LinkedIn. I seldom carry my cellphone, and it doesn’t have the capacity for texting. But I can’t ignore the role these tools play in our society’s conversation with itself. Like it or not, you can’t either.”
George Kennedy, a former managing editor at the Missourian and professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, discussing the role social media played in the reporting of the Dixon stories, ColumbiaMissourian.com
GH: Does Kennedy’s doctor rely on leeches to cure what ails him? Was he really the best choice to author this column?

“The public conversation about this tragedy has been far from civil. Journalists can’t and shouldn’t ignore that conversation, but we don’t have to amplify it. Twitter can be, as it was in this case, a source for journalists. It can’t be a substitute for real journalism.”
George Kennedy, ColumbiaMissourian.com
GH: I am saddened by the naiveté expressed by Kennedy. Because he refuses to participate in the technology that is now available to journalists and their sources, he refuses to believe it is real journalism? The tweets by Kim English tipped off the media that Dixon’s issues were not simply a “violation of team rules.” How is that different from a reporter receiving an anonymous phone tip? No one I know is saying Twitter is the new Wall Street Journal. But refusing to understand and participate in today’s technology weakens the words of those like Kennedy.

GregHall242@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24

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59 Responses to OTC: Second Rape Accusation Ends Mike Dixon’s Career At MU / Why Now And Not 3 Years Ago?

  1. BS says:

    A couple of comments here:
    (1) This has almost nothing to do with Mizzou. The reality is that stuff like this is brushed under the rug in a lot of athletic departments. Same thinking lead to what happened at Penn St. I’m a Kstate fan, and I recognize under similar circumstances there would be pressure to do the same thing in Manhattan.
    (2) Legal recourse is irrelevant. As a coach of a non-NCAA sport at a local college, we had one of our students come to us with a story about one of the graduate students pressuring her into having sex. What happened was not “rape”, but it demonstrated terrible judgement and poor behavior. We revoked the graduate student’s scholarship, eliminated his stipend, and removed him from the team. Regardless of whether Michael Dixon “raped” either of these women; it is entirely appropriate for the University of Missouri to remove him from their athletic team.

    • Greg Hall says:

      BS, I do not agree. A person’s innocence should always be considered before exacting punishment.

      • Gavin says:

        By all accounts, it was considered. Any “innocence,” though was apparently outweighed by some of the other factors at play. And Mizzou can decide whether it is worth it to have Dixon wearing a Mizzou uniform. You have invoked comparisons with corporate America several times today. My company can fire me for any reason it wants. They can fire me for no reason at all. They can’t fire me for a “bad” reason (my gender, my race, etc.).

        They can absolutely decide that I’m a bigger distraction than I’m worth even if they conclude that I didn’t do any of the stuff of which I’m accused.

    • Legal expert says:

      Wow. Totally wrong on both counts. Are you also going to stand up and defend jerry sandusky?

  2. Red says:

    The earlier report is a lot worse sounding than the later (in time) one. Not to minimize either.

    Forcible rape doesn’t get brushed under the rug in lots of places.

  3. ksbugeater says:

    No comment on Dixon’s She Said, He Gone story. I just wanted to thank you for removing Mardi Gras Requiem from the banner at the top of the page. That thing just freaked me out.

  4. JFP says:

    This…
    “I’ll begin with a confession. I’m no expert and not even a participant in the new communication channels. I’ve never tweeted on Twitter; I don’t have a Facebook page; I decline all invitations to join LinkedIn. I seldom carry my cellphone, and it doesn’t have the capacity for texting.”

    Good Lord. This guy is from 1957.

  5. Kyle Rohde says:

    Greg, how does all this new information change your opinion of the previous allegation, which you were pretty light-hearted in addressing?

    • Greg Hall says:

      Kyle,
      It doesn’t. I don’t see why this previous incident would have anything to do with changing opinions on the August accusation. Here is what I wrote in response to Orphan’s comment in the other column’s comments section…

      Anyone who is concerned about the crime of rape should be livid with the flacid accusations of “vicitm” number two. Rape victims don’t text their rapist two minutes after they leave the scene of the crime and suggest they hang out.

      • dixon cider says:

        or give out handies afterwards

      • Mac6uffin says:

        I disagree. A woman could very well do something like text her rapist afterward. She’s ashamed, been violated, and confused. She wants to change what happened into something positive. She could think, “no I wasn’t raped, this was just the start of a relationship!” Or any number of crazy things.

        Not all rape is a violent encounter by a knife-wielding man in a ski mask. Not all rape victims are going to react the same way. Some will react with anger, some with grief, some might even try to appease their rapist.

        It’s foolhardy to try and get in the mind of someone that is sexually assaulted and assume they can behave in only one manner.

        • Gavin says:

          Dude, this blog is no place for reasoned thinking like that. You want to spout this realistic claptrap you should go tell it to Oprah. Only early- to middle-aged troglodyte is spoken here.

      • Big C says:

        Greg could you give us the rundown of the standard way a rape victim should behave?

        She reported it the very next day. She gave very specific details, some unflattering, some undermining her own case. She subjected herself to what I would think would be a very unpleasant experience of giving that report and being given a rape examination.

        Do these sound like the actions of a ignored girl seeking revenge?

        I think attitudes like the ones you displayed yesterday are a big reason why victim number 1 didn’t want to press charges.

        • Greg Hall says:

          The police who investigated the woman’s claims disagreed.

          • Gavin says:

            That is actually not true. The District Attorney chose not to proceed with the charge because he/she didn’t think there was enough evidence for a conviction. Completely different.

            And neither the police nor the DA made any such determination with regard to the earlier complaining witness. She decided she didn’t WANT to press charges. That is a far cry from “not guilty,” let a,one actual innocence.

      • Ptolemy says:

        Dude, I have worlds of respect for ya, but this attitude of yours is atrocious. Is she more responsible because she dresses provocatively or flirted with him? No means no. Date rape is rape.

        • Greg Hall says:

          Stretching the facts to make a point makes no sense. Who said anything about dressing provocatively? Again, “victim 2’s” claims didn’t even warrant questioning by the police.

          • Ptolemy says:

            You are making the claim that the woman’s actions after the alleged rape occured called into question the legitimacy of her claims, just as some Troglodytes claim that a woman’s attire can make her partially responsible for a crime of rape.

    • Phaedrus says:

      Yeah, no kidding. Yesterday, Dixon just did “what 99% of college guys” do. Today, Dixon can’t play basketball in the US because he’s an accused rapist.

      Talk about a flip/flop. Greg should be a politician.

      • The Smartman says:

        Or the father of 3 girls.

      • Greg Hall says:

        Ph, These are two separate incidents. Both deserve their own contemplation.

        • Will says:

          Dixon’s problem is that MU and the public know there are TWO incidents. The second case, which is the first publicized, is an incident. Once the second, reported last night by the Post Dispatch, came to light it’s a bad pattern that has cast Dixon’s fate with the University.

          Even though the police didn’t see fit to bring Dixon in for questioning, the DA and HC sure should have. He should have been dismissed from the team with their knowledge of both incidences once they completed gathering the facts from this latest.

    • Ed Shaffer says:

      Of course it won’t change Greg’s mind. He’s too deficient in both character and brains to understand how horrific his previous comments were. Just another example, one of many, of his complete lack of integrity. It’s sad to think that Greg is some poor kids father.

  6. CM says:

    Twitter or Facebook is not Journalism — it’s a medium. Just like words printed on paper or video broadcast on television is not journalism.

    Journalism is practiced by PEOPLE who use tools to convey that information. How someone who teaches journalism can’t see that is baffling to me.

    • chuckart says:

      I took his words to mean that just repeating what you see on twitter or facebook is not journalism. Journalism requires more work, contact the people making the comments on social media, work your sources, etc. I think far too often people in the media don’t take the extra steps to do their job the best.

      • CM says:

        I completely agree with you.

        My point was that when you mention “blogger” or tell someone that you read some news on Twitter, some will roll their eyes as if these sources can’t be trusted. It’s not about the media, it’s about the messenger. If Walter Cronkite had a blog, it would have credibility. If Donald Trump had a news show, it wouldn’t have ANY credibility because he’s a buffoon with a track record of spreading lies.

  7. dixon cider says:

    I wonder what Dixon’s side to the stories are. Oh yeah, he doesn’t have one.

  8. P says:

    Is there even a cell phone in existence out there that you can’t text? George Kennedy and Larry Smith must’ve studied at the same “I don’t even have an internet” institution. As long as this guy is alive the postal service will continue to stay in business. Wonder if he uses a typewriter too?

  9. The Smartman says:

    C’mon Greg, the smoking gun is on fire. This guy is, has been, and will always be THAT GUY! What if it were your daughter? Would that make it any different? This kind of shit does get swept under the rug. At colleges. In the workplace and in some cases in the HOME.

    A friend of mine that ran the Williams Fund ages ago routinely paid for abortions or found an alum that would. It seems like the C in NCAA now stands for Caligula. Players do it, coaches do it, EVERYBODY DO IT! It’s BULLSHIT that women, young women, girls, etc are afraid to report rape, forced sex, call it whatever you want for fear of reprisal. Let’s hope that Mr. Dixon finds some Old Testament karma in his near future.

    • Orphan of the Road says:

      +100

    • Greg Hall says:

      Why would my opinions change if my daughter was involved? The truth is really all that matters.

      • The Smartman says:

        Unbelievable! Did you Vulcan Mind Meld with Harley or Glazer?

        • chuck says:

          If it walks like an duck, quacks like a duck, plays basketball, occasionally maintains a 1.1 GPA in Home Economics, listens to rap and threatens violence against women, then, it is a duck.

          That duck is an endemic and constant part of college and pro sports.

          The only thing missing is a gun.

          Mr. Dixon will soon be a ward of the state by way of another rape.

          Odds are, he won’t rape your daughter, but he WILL rape someone’s.

          Bank on it.

  10. MightyMo says:

    Greg, I participated in yesterday’s frivolity regarding hand and rim jobs. I will not backtrack today just to make myself feel better. It is clear that Dixon drove to the hole with real aggressiveness and may be guilty of charging. A lot of smoke may mean fire, but I also believe that men and women everywhere (especially young ones) often traverse a gray area of sexual interaction that involves denials, followed by turning out the lights, followed by denials, followed by naked trips to the bed, followed by denials, followed by 20 minutes of ass pounding from behind.

  11. Allen says:

    I am a big fan of yours Greg but have to honestly say you look pretty foolish. I cringed when I read your comments about the accuser earlier this week. You may want to re-read them one more time and will understand why.

  12. bjayhawk says:

    I think it is pretty clear after Hall’s previous on the column why he’s a software guy.

    How convenient that NOW he says “we don’t know nearly enough to make any final judgements here”. Hall — you were pretty sure of yourself two days ago, with flippant comments practically endorsing bad behavior. If the other report was all it was, no — it wouldn’t have been cause for his expulsion. Did it ever occur to you that you might not have the whole picture.

    After Hall’s holier than thou rants on Sandusky — the crassness here is indicative of a challenged moral compass.

    • Greg Hall says:

      bj, I do not endorse bad behavior. I endorse fairness. I am not seeing much of that here except from the police.

    • Java Man says:

      “After Hall’s holier than thou rants on Sandusky — the crassness here is indicative of a challenged moral compass.” -bjayhawk

      You are forgetting that Greg’s primary hatred was Posnanski, not Sandusky.

  13. MightyMo says:

    As a society, we are left to accept the innocence of those where evidence is not even sufficient for charges. Its not perfect, but its the best alternative. I would want the same for myself and my family.

  14. john doe says:

    The 2012 incident is not even similar to the 2010 incident.

    When a “victim” changes positions and gives a hand job, then sends an apologetic text afterwards, that signals consent to most people with common sense. “I dont know why I gave him a hand job, I just did.”

    Not enough details on the 2010 allegation for anybody to really have an opinion one way or another. All we know is she went to the doctor who said it looked like it could be rape.

    Missouri had no choice but to send him packing. They couldnt risk another “rape” being announced.

    Of course, I’m not privy to all facts like everybody else here, so carry on.

    I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate.

    • Phaedrus says:

      I dont think any of us can judge her actions unless we’ve been in the same situation.

      Plenty of people sign phony confessions even when they aren’t being physically assaulted by police. Why do they do that? Beats me…but under the “she didnt resist, ergo it wasnt rape” premise, then anyone that signs a false confession MUST be guilty.

      Some of Sandusky’s victims continued to go to games with him. Does that mean the Sandusky victims weren’t raped? Of course not.

      Just another Devil’s Advocate.

  15. tigerdan4 says:

    I take back everything I said on this topic a couple days ago. What a disaster. More bad PR for Mizzou and another season of missing a key player. It’s true. We can’t have nice things.

    • Barles James says:

      This stuff does happen at other schools, obviously, after what we’ve seen the last year. It’s amazing to see the arrogance of these coaches and administrators who think the truth either will never come out, or won’t scorch their asses as well as the athletes they’re protecting.

  16. Michael Dixon says:

    One night me and my niggas went to Hardees and shit. Chillin. I got my J’s on, so what they fresh. So we’re in line and shit just chillin. I go into my motherfuckin pocket to get my wallet. I go up to the counter and the lady says. “Welcome to Hardees may I take your order?” I said bitch, I ain’t ready to order yet. She had the nerve to look at me and say, “May I help the person behind you?” I said you look at here you cunt they my niggas behind me and they don’t know what they want either. So she was like, “You got to hurry up and keep the line moving.” I said bitch, make me a baloney sandwich. She says, “Sorry sir this is Hardees we don’t serve baloney sandwiches.” I said bitch if you don’t give me no motherfuckin baloney sandwich me and my niggas going to run train on you hoe. So she got the nerve to say, “I’m going to get my manager.” I said bitch get your manager. And if he is a she we’re runnin a train on that bitch too.

    Now tell me that shit ain’t unforgivable.

  17. chuck says:

    Here is the deal Greg.

    In general, it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. There are exceptions.

    In general, there is a stereoptype that fits for this crime, and who commits it.

    In general, the guy is guilty.

    Yesterday, he was innocent until proven guilty.

    Today the piece of shit should be casterated.

    The prosecutor’s ability to obtain a guilty verdict in a trial, in no way diffuses the stench from this feral piece of shit and the thousands of other feral pieces of shit populating college and pro sports.

    Having seen this story a thousand times, your readers are exasperated by the consistancy and regularity of these stories and how they often play out.

    No one with room temp IQ thinks this guy is a choir boy and as I said, he will soon be a ward of the state.

    He will rape someone’s daughter, probably not mine, probably not someone who reads this blog, but he will go to prison and he will rape again.

    Bank on it.

  18. Tim says:

    Here is the deal, jersey chasers make accusations more often than you think. Without sufficient evidence, they do not get charged. The student board’s hands were tied with the first accusation. They were not going to remove a player based on nothing. A 2nd allegation though, now it’s a trend and brings a little more beleivability to both claims. They made their decision based on the whole body of work so to speak.
    BTW, did you support the removal of Lawrence Phillips from the program? Maybe Anderson thought the “structured environment” is what Dixon needed in his life ala the great Tom Osbourne.

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