Coach Dan Mullen says the University of Florida does “a lot” when it comes to educating its players on how to treat women. Mullen insists he’s a “big anti-violence against women person.”
Both of those are true, but Mullen’s message is not getting across in Gainesville.
Reports that sophomore defensive back John Huggins was accused of choking a tutor in October, and allowed back on the team, is the fifth time in the last year a member of the Florida football program has been accused of violence or threatening violence against a woman, including an assistant director of player personnel, who was fired.
Mullen hired or recruited four of them. That, combined with Mullen’s past, has activist/survivor Brenda Tracy questioning how serious Mullen and the university takes these allegations.
“Dan Mullen obviously does not get it,” Tracy said. “He says he takes these issues seriously but he doesn’t. Mullen has done a poor job. This obviously is a leadership issue, possibly a recruiting issue. These are some pretty violent offenders.”
You know, this kind of stuff (and worse!) never really got the media’s attention back when Huntley Johnson was on the case. Maybe Mullen needs to recruit better lawyers.