Mississippi State revealed its decision to admit five-star defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons on Thursday afternoon, and the reaction on social media was instant.
Simmons, who faces misdemeanor charges after video revealed he allegedly struck a woman during a domestic altercation, will be allowed to play for Dan Mullen’s football team this fall if conditions set by the university are met, and a one-game suspension is served.
For some, that decision was surprising. Others questioned the motives behind the decision, and whether this was another instance of the “win at all costs” mentality winning out in college football.
Here’s a sampling of the reactions of several prominent media personalities in the moments following Mississippi State’s announcement:
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
Would Jeffery Simmons have been allowed to enroll at Miss. State as a common student instead of a FB player?
I think we all know the answer
— Matt Michaels (@KTGRMatt) 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
Want to know what I want? EVERY DONOR TO PULL EVERY PENNY from Baylor & MSU. That's the only way message will get across that this isn't OK
— Dana Sulonen (@DanaSulonen) 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
Mississippi State has essentially said hitting a woman lying on the ground is worth about the same punishment as a targeting penalty.
— Kevin McCrarey (@KMacMustDie) June 2, 2016