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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    It’s simply incredible how idiotic some of these athletes are. Obviously something like this is idiotic and reprehensible in general, but when you’re one week out from the biggest day of your professional life it just compounds the idiocy. What a knucklehead.

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    Wow Another college football moron (Mixon first) that argues with a women and instead of walking away knocked her unconscious and knocks her tooth out? Really nice. Wtf is wrong with these guys?

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      It’s probably not any one thing, but several factors come to mind: If the young man is not raised with a father figure in the household, as many of these athletes are, in at least some cases a single mother isn’t able to or motivated to teach their sons how to behave as real men. Also, athletes are held up as hero figures on their campuses, and can do no wrong (often times campus police or local police authorities look the other way or even conspire to cover up prior bad behavior, because the booster would have their jobs if they sidelined a valuable athlete). Some of these privileged athletes even go so far as to lead their own “posses” of bad actors, which tends to reinforce the bad behavior.

      In this case, it’s very good that this incident came out now, and not a week from now. It would really suck if the Bucs (especially) or any NFL team drafted this dude in the first or second round only to learn he’s a woman-beater after its too late.

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    well she sure knew how to press his buttons and was smart to do it in a public place.
    Women ???

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      I don’t know what’s worse, your post or the fact that two people actually voted positively for your post.

      I also didn’t know that caves had internet connection.

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        Ha, apparently being offended by a post that questions the women who was hit by a 307 pound man gets a negative rating. Now that O’Reilly is off the air what will you watch? LOL

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    Goodbye NFL career and Goodbye NFL money. Hello Security guard at Home Depot night shift.

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    You want fries with that?
    Go BUCS

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    I wished I never read reports like this or for these types of incidents to happen. I don’t personally know either of these people, but I’m emotionally distressed by the unnecessary need for such displays of anger and rage. I feel sorrow for the young woman because she was physically hurt. I am saddened for Caleb Brantley because now he is damaged goods! This shouldn’t have happened and I can’t say the timing was terrible because there was never a better time for this to happen!

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      It’s REALLLLLY hard to feel sad for guys, let alone 300+ pound men, who abuse women. I mean, seriously.

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    It’s like saying “I feel really sorry for that drunk who killed two people in a DUI, because now his life is ruined.” Save your pity for someone who deserves it.

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    ive seen with my own two eyes a woman beat the hell out of a man that was bigger than him probably because he was afraid of what people would say about him hitting a woman. i hate that its always an after thought that the woman hit him first, its as if no woman should be held accountable for putting hands on a man. its pretty simple if you put hands on another person you should be expecting a reaction. he should have never hit her but she should have never hit him first.

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      I’m sure he was just standing his ground. Thankfully he wasn’t attacked by any 3rd graders. By the way. women get assault charges all the time. If she attacks him he just has to call the police. Of course, asking for help against a woman who is only 5’6, 120lbs can be embarrassing…not as embarrassing as losing millions for smacking her, but embarrassing.

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    What happened to the good ole days when the Bucs picked up premiere defensive linemen whose stock slid due to drug rumors? We can all live with that, right?

    I mean Warren Sapp is in the HOF for Pete’s sake!
    Noah Spence is set to have a great sophomore season.
    Doug Martin is…NOT a defensive lineman unfortunately. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

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    devahar, well said.
    For Mixon, I felt a tinge of sympathy because the women not only pushed him once but then hauled off and slugged him.
    But just to be pushed, unless the person is close to the same size as you or bigger, hardly warrants a punch in the mouth.
    At the same time. these women better stop watching television and movies where the woman is shown striking a man, sometimes with little provocation, with no repercussions.
    People should keep their hands off of other people period, to not do so should result in a battery conviction, no matter who is doing the hitting or the pushing
    The way things are now, she should count her lucky stars he didn’t pull out a gun and shoot her and claim, “he was standing his ground,” in self defense.

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    BucWilde02, if convicted this guy is looking at a minimum 6 game suspension. Still, if he lasts until the sixth round, I would grab him.

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    I find the timing of these allegations rather suspicious. I think it warrants further investigation and whether this is the same kind of thing that happened last year with La’ell Collins… A potential top 10 pick OT that dropped out the draft completely with a report surfacing about Collins having police trouble the day before the draft… So, he went undrafted and he shot straight over to the Cowboys who he wanted to play for and they signed him. I never heard of anything else regarding his “police” story? Was that all a rouse to end up in Dallas?

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      I might buy your theory except for one glaring detail: La’el Collins was a guaranteed FIRST ROUND PICK. So he’s going to go undrafted, on purpose, and lose many millions that he will NEVER be able to recover even with a nice second contract? All so he can choose his own team? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. That would be like me choosing between two employers and taking 1/10th the pay I could’ve received just so I don’t have to drive a little further to work. Are you kidding me?

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        Did anyone ever hear about the what happened to his “police story” after the draft? Yes, it doesn’t seem logical to lose millions of dollars, but then again, we’re talking about NFL players that throw away millions of dollars to kill an acquaintance (Hernandez) or punch out a girlfriend in an elevator. So, no, I’m not kidding you.

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      So let me get this straight – you believe it is suspicious that the fact that this 300+ pound defensive lineman knocked out a woman half his size came out now, in time for NFL teams to take that into account in their draft decisions?

      So you would prefer that an NFL team, including quite possibly the Bucs, would be better off learning of this AFTER the draft?


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    There were two obviously wrong people in this Brantley story: the man and the woman. The problem for Brantley is that to whom much is given (in gender, size, strength and professional status), much is required.

    No one expects much from a 120lb trashy woman who’s out at 2am doing who knows what, especially with the type of character that goes around screaming and hitting people.

    However, for a guy who’s biggest day of his life is just around the corner and who has everything to lose, and who’s physically (and soon to be financially) gifted, and who by now should’ve learned through his profession a measure of discipline and self-control that comes from very hard work, people expect far far more.

    Unfortunately that’s just the way it is. If you want to be the man, then you better damn well act like the man. It’s harder. It’ ain’t easy. It requires more effort, more sacrifice. The expectations far exceed those of someone who’s been given far less in just about every area of life. People require more of you, and at the same time they give you less leeway. That’s life.

    Now Brantley will find out what it feels like to NOT be the man. He’ll go undrafted and make about 1/5th to 1/10th of what he otherwise would have. He’ll be booed by fans. He’ll always carry the label of woman-beater and low-life. People will walk by him and just shake their heads. And all that could’ve been avoided by just applying a little common sense and self-control. What a shame.

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      So in your world, only “trashy” women are out at 2 am in the morning … but apparently that standard does not apply to males?

      And some of you guys wonder why women spend so much of their time shaking their heads at the misogynistic attitudes of men.


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    Honestly I feel sorry for the kid, and that’s exactly what he is. Now I want to preface these next comments by saying in no way shape or form do I condone his actions regardless of what the young lady did or said.

    With that being said, I think it’s important that we all look at situations like this not from a football enthusiast point of view, but one that can empathize. Being someone who works with youth as a profession, I can assure you this action is deep rooted and has other origins, behaviors, demons, and abuse behind it. My hope is that the underlying issues are addressed for this young man, and for Joe Mixon, and others like him.

    I hope he does feel there sting in his bank account and his reputation and ego because sometimes people need to be humbled to be able to receive the help that’s truly needed. My hope is from this decision he made will really learn and grow from up. And that us adults don’t condemn him for life for a terrible action. As much as we love the draft and our football and the promise these guys bring, leta not forget that we are still dealing with 300lb kids at the end of the day.

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    How is punching a woman half his size in the face, knocking her unconscious while taking out one of her teeth a misdemeanor?
    Oh well. No way the Buccaneers draft this guy now. If they are going to play it safe character wise as has been speculated it isn’t going to happen, even in round seven.

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    “After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.
    After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
    We’re gonna stimulate some action;
    We’re gonna get some satisfaction.
    We’re gonna find out what it is all about.”

    Nothing good happens after midnight…

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      Clapton !!! I did it.
      GO BUCS

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        I meant I dig it. Just can’t typw ang spelling seems yto be an issue.
        GO BUCS

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        JJ Cale. Eric covered it. JJ’s version was better too, no knock on Eric.

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    We seem to be spending a lot of time discussing violence on women. It’s is now apparent to me that these kids are just plain stupid and you can’t fix that. I can picture his mother beating him with a broom screaming ” how could you be so stupid I wanted a new house”.
    Sad that this guy was actually in college and is a complete dolt.

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    His agent will spin this like Neptune and teams that “want” him may find a reason to believe. Personally, I believe any man that strikes a woman (this was no slap) will feel regret for his actions, but only because of how it affects him … not her.

    Pass, please.

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    Brantley will be drafted.

    Remember —

    Tyreek Hill who was kicked off Oklahoma State’s team on Dec. 12, 2014, after he was arrested and accused of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend was a 5th round draft pick by KC.

    And that was the team where Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the team training facility.

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    As Booger McFarland said about good players with legal and character issues, “If he is good enough he is going to play for someone.”
    Count on it.
    Short of being found in bed with a dead woman or a little boy, Jerry Jones will draft anyone.

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    The biggest problem with this story is… it’s not surprising. This is more than a Caleb Brantley story, it’s reflective of a bigger problem within the young population and their inability to follow the most basic tenets of life… one being don’t hit girls… which I believe we learned in 2nd Grade. It’s a complete breakdown of moral and common sense principles. In the end… in a lot of these cases… it comes down to respect. Respect for self and others. Unfortunately, many young men sit in our national prisons as a result of feeling disrespected. These young people fail to realize that respect is earned and not just an individual right. This young man lacks self control and I wouldn’t want him on my team nor would I be interested in drafting him. he has cost himself money, opportunities, and yes…Respect! Sad!

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    it’s not surprising that most of these guys are football players as opposed baseball players etc. they hit people for a living. they are also filled with a bunch of supplements that make them act like

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