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What others are saying about Michael Dixon Jr.'s departure

Saturday, December 1, 2012 | 9:25 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball guard Michael Dixon Jr. announced his transfer from MU on Thursday evening.

The announcement came on the same day that a 2010 MU Police Department report was revealed. In that report, a woman accused Dixon of forcible rape.

The 2010 report followed the release of a Columbia Police Department report from August of this year involving a woman who also accused Dixon of rape. The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office determined there wasn't enough evidence to prove guilt in that case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Dixon had been suspended from the Missouri basketball team since Oct. 26 after coach Frank Haith announced that he had violated team rules.

Here's what others said this week about Dixon's announcement:

Fox News Kansas City | As fans, we prefer to ignore the personal embarrassments or scandals of players and coaches, Andrew Astleford wrote in his article, "It was time for Mizzou, Dixon to part ways." "This is a sad case for many reasons, and none of them involve the fact that the Tigers lost someone thought to be a key contributor this season," Astleford wrote.

Yahoo Sports | "Missouri's ceiling is lower now that Michael Dixon has left the program," Jeff Eisenberg wrote. Instead of debating how the situation was handled, Eisenberg focused on what Dixon's departure would mean for the Missouri team. He predicted that Missouri will be not be as good without him.

Jezebel | "When will we stop pretending that college athletes can't be rapists?" Katie J.M. Baker asked in an article for Jezebel. It is not a surprise that women do not want to press charges for rape against student athletes, she wrote, because it often results in the women being accused of lying and harming the university.  

ESPN | In his article, "3-point shot: Missouri-Dixon fallout," ESPN's Andy Katz wondered why Missouri allowed Dixon to announce his transfer instead of dismissing him first. Dixon's transfer is better for all parties involved, he wrote.

Rush the Court | In the post — "What now for Missouri without Michael Dixon?" — the college basketball website said Haith will have some tough decisions to make after Dixon's transfer.

Rock M Nation | Bill Connelly wrote in his article, "Mizzou moves on without Dixon," that Dixon was an aggressive and fearless athlete, and fans celebrated him for it. Now Dixon and Missouri will move on and hope there are no more allegations in the future, he wrote.


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