The Sacrificial Sex Fiend

Nearly a year ago a juvenile court in Plainfield, New Jersey found Reggie Dixon guilty of aggravated sexual assault against his teenage steps-sister. Because of the statutory nature of the crime, the prosecution’s failure to disprove consent beyond a shadow of a doubt was irrelevant. Dixon’s punishment: psychological treatment, fines and penalties and mandatory sex offender registration.

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano knew all of this when he signed Dixon on March 31st. Plainfield, Dixon’s hometown, is about as populated as Rutgers’ New Brunswick-Piscataway campus, and is only a fifteen minute drive away. What Coach Schiano knew better, though, was how close Rutgers came to joining the elite BCS Bowl clique this past winter, how high the expectations are going into this year, and, most importantly Dixon’s 40-yard dash time: 4.35.

There isn’t any question that Schiano is a decent man. His players went to war for him last fall. When the dust settled and he’d won his share of coaching honors, Schiano opted to sign on with Rutgers long term when he could’ve easily departed for the greener pastures of a more established program no questions asked. Even still, this Reggie Dixon business simply has to be addressed. It can not, as the mainstream press would prefer it, be swept under the rug. Not a single story published on the internet or reported by ESPN has even suggested the obvious: Reggie Dixon’s life will be forever linked to Don Imus. He is, I’m afraid, the first unofficial casualty of the latest backlash against misogyny in sports and entertainment (i.e. Hip-Hop).

Dixon’s signing date shouldn’t be taken lightly. Just one day before Rutgers beat LSU to advance to the Women’s National Championship game, Rutgers announced Dixon’s imminent arrival on campus. Schiano had this say on the occasion: “We are very pleased that Reggie decided that Rutgers is where he wants to play college football and go to school.”

Then, five days later, Imus made his now infamous remarks.

What’s apparent is that while Schiano was willing to take whatever heat came his way for signing Dixon on March 31st, by April 16th the fumes in the kitchen had smoked him out. We, of course, know that in the interim Rutgers moved into the national limelight. The school held internationally televised press conferences. It became the lead the story on practically every major news program. And in that time as much as race emerged as the early head-spinner, sex and sexism steadily closed the gap thanks to the ever-reliable discourse about misogyny in rap lyrics.

By signing Dixon, Schiano chose to ignore Dixon’s step-mother’s warnings. In doing so, he was not only protecting the interests of the program, but giving a young man an opportunity to move forward with his life— an admirable deed on the coach’s behalf. But once Imus got canned and Rutgers University began being hailed as a beacon of gender egalitarianism, Dixon had to go. ESPN, after gaining access to court documents, clearly played a defining role in Dixon’s demise. Although Joe Schad’s article suggests the university released Dixon “shortly after ESPN raised questions about the player’s criminal record,” the actual report was not aired until Rutgers had officially distanced itself from the Plainfield star via Schiano’s lame-duck remarks designed to salvage the school’s integrity by insisting “more details [had] recently emerged” in the matter.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not buying the school’s stated purpose, not when it already knew about the conviction and had literally eight months to investigate the details prior to signing Dixon.

The problem here isn’t so much with dropping the kid, it’s that Rutgers and Schiano get to retreat into the innocent victim role without taking any responsibility. A similar criticism was levied against C. Vivian Stringer last week when, according to some, she played the innocent victim card to the hilt with her over-the-top, holier than though remarks regarding Imus. This time around Rutgers and Schiano get off appearing as though they had been somehow duped when it is highly improbable that the program couldn’t have and didn’t do its on investigation into the trial and conviction before signing him. Instead, what they responded to was the pressure – albeit legitimate – to not appear hypocritical. After all, how could a school stand in solidarity with its women athletes against the scourge of sexism one week and welcome a juvenile sex-offender onto its campus the next? Doing so would have spoiled its newly minted progressive status by dousing its P.R.‘heat’ with an unwelcome splash of cold water.

From a P.R. perspective, Dixon had to be sacrificed. But for a kid who two weeks ago said he felt like a “family member” every time he visited the school, it is a cruel slap in the face, especially when his almost-coach had the audacity to say “it is in the best interest of all parties involved for Rutgers to release Reggie Dixon from his national letter of intent.” That’s just not true. Reggie Dixon is now damaged goods. Wherever he goes — and it’ll be interesting to find out who takes a chance on him now that he’s been publically outed — he’ll be known not just as the ex-sex offender but the ex-sex offender who had his scholarship revoked.

A final note that relates to D-Wil’s incisive post yesterday on the use of certain benign terms to convolute messages: nearly every article online about the Dixon incident frames it as a “release” or a “withdrawal” or, as was the case with AOL’s version, a “recruiting correction.” The term “release” strikes up images of Dixon wanting out of the scholarship, which is untrue. “Withdrawal” is equally benign in the sense that it sanitizes the act in the same way a “W” supposedly sterilizes a student’s GPA. “Recruiting correction” might be the worst of all, for it suggests Rutgers merely made a mistake when it signed Dixon, something it clearly didn’t think was the case on March 31st.

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  3. When did Rutgers become the PC University?

  4. That’s a good question Jake. I think with the rise of grassroots watchdog media (i.e. the blogosphere) every institution has had to become that much more attuned to its contradictions. Scandals are not good for endowment or for recruitment, particularly for those universities striving to break into the top tier both athletically and academically. I can definitely say that ten years ago Dixon walks onto campus without a peep.

  5. Mr. Niss Says:

    Come on dude. It’s C. Vivian Stringer, not “C. Vivian Tucker”. She’s only been in the news constantly for the last month.

  6. Come on Mr. Niss, is that really all you have to add to the conversation? Honest mistake…late night…inexcusable…appreciate the heads up…

  7. There are competing interests, obviously, in a situation like this. And all sex crime convictions aren’t equal. Witness the poor young man in Georgia serving 10 minutes for receiving oral sex from a girl who, all sides, admit, was the aggressor.

    In this case, I’ll have to assume that the University had investigated the events enough to assure themselves that the young man was not a threat to the community. So to recend the offer because of possible media backlash is somewhat pathetic.

  8. I think it was a pathetic move. Everyone deserves a second chance, and I am assuming Rutgers was Dixon’s second chance. What kind of message does that send to Dixon? He seemed to really enjoy the atmosphere at Rutgers, but now you are sending him the message that he is worthless and will never change…good move. Schiano seems like a guy that would be willing to take the chance and actually make a positive impact on the young man’s life. Many other programs would have signed him just to “use” him. While I am sure the bottom line was his athletic ability, I still think Schiano believed in giving the kid another chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Schiano was pushed to release him by higher-ups.

    This release was undoubtedly because of the Imus thing. Look at the programs that constantly roll dice on guys with a checkered past. Hell, look at the debacle going on at Penn State right now. Rutgers had to do it because it was their women’s team in the spotlight, but I still think it is a shame.

  9. TheLastPoet Says:

    I’m not convinced that the administrators at Rutgers HAD to do this. If there are extenuating circumstances, if Mr Dixon is not a “monster,” a “rapist,” or any other kind of media creation; if he is a young man who made a mistake, a young man who felt remorse, whatever, then why not have him do what Mr Imus did? Why not have him reach out to the Rutgers women’s bball team, and any other women on campus who would like to meet with him, in order to determine his worthiness to attend school there? Why summarily dismiss him like he was satan’s spawn?

    Sure, Imus was fired anyway, even after he met with the bball team. But Imus was fired because the advertisers threatened to spend their dollars elsewhere, not simply because he had uttered some offensive remarks. And so it is a disservice to compare Imus’s situation to Dixon’s, while arguing for the same outcome for both.

    So, yeah, I agree with the HNIC, it’s a shade-tree move by Rutgers in light of what’s happened with their women’s team. But, then again, big time college football is a shade-tree business. Same as CBS, same as MSNBC, same as ESPN/ABC/Disney and all the rest. Better for young Dixon, and all of us, to learn that sooner rather than later.

  10. Toni4theright Says:

    i agree with most command if this sex crime was two young people experimenting.. anal rape is not trying to figure things out. thats what he did to his step-sister not once by twice. his second chance was getting away with it the first time. but to repeat it again at the age of 17, this young man as you put it was fully aware of what he was doing when he anal raped her again. can you imagine at the age of 9 your child being analy raped.yeah think about that and tell me how many second chances you would want to give to him

  11. Toni4theright… I’ve seen ur comments bringing this young brother down all over the internet. I feel that you have a lot of hate in your heart for this boy. From what I’m hearing Reggie’s stepsister was not all innocent in these acts. These acts were not forced upon her, they were consentual experimenting by two young children. This information should have been handled in the courts and stayed there. This is an attempt by his step-mother to fully blame him instead of also looking at the role her daughter played in this. The question that should be asked is where were the parents when all this was going on?

  12. Toni4theright Says:

    TheKey, facts are the facts.. you seem to want to make it ok. its not hate for “this young man” but rather sick and tired. i’m sick and tired of people like you who think and want others to believe that a nine year old little girl would say “hey reggie lets have anal sex?” FORGETTING THAT SHE IS THE VICTIM.. BUT MY GUESS IS YOUR A MAN.. ISN’T THAT WHAT SOCIETY DOES WHEN A WOMAN IS RAPED, SHE ASKED FOR IT….once again i ask, if this was your daughter would this “young man” be innocent,consentual experimenting? i think not..His step sister who wanted this so much (ACCORDING TO WHAT REGGIE AND HIS DAD WOULD WANT YOU AND OTHERS TO BELIEVE)told her parents including her step dad craig venson, five years prior to the last rape that reggie dixon was coming into her room and watching her while she WAS naked and trying to touch her. sadly her parents not knowing what to do took him reggie to speak to with his minister an effort to help his sick ass. so how much so did she want it?.. and futhermore, reggie dixon was the one who told his friends “I’M MOLESTING MY SISTER” just in case your wondering how the truth came out.

    MY GUESS ITS EASIER TO THINK A NINE YEAR OLD WANTED ANAL ASS INSTEAD OF THE TRUTH THAT REGGIE DIXON-VENSON ANALY RAPED HIS 9 YEAR OLD SISTER

  13. ForeverYoung Says:

    Thanks for calling Toni4theright out, The Key. I have seen his/her rants all over myself and suspect it is the step-mom trying to smear his name on blogs now. Who else would claim to have so much inside information? I suspect everything did not happen the way this person says for several reasons.

    Rutgers did what it felt it had to do. I think the true test of Reggie’s and his ex-step mom’s characters will be how they handle this issue fro this point forward. Will Reggie be able to move on with his life and get an education, or will she be there at every turn ruining his life? Will her own daughter be able to have a mother who can help her move on and not one who keeps her stuck in her past? Will the mother be able to release her anger, possibly marry again, continue to raise her children, and allow them to have a life? Rutgers has surely moved on, why can’t everyone else? Vengence eats you up and consumes you. It really saddens me to see the step-mom scourge the internet like this looking for places to blog about this young man. By all accounts, he made a mistake as did the daughter. They are young, let them live! Didn’t Jesus forgive?

  14. jeepguy999 Says:

    I am a proud Rutgers alum, and Football booster. I stumbled across this blog by accident looking for somethng else and I’m compelled to add my two cents. The one thing that jumps out at me about this situation is the age of the victim. As the father of a 8 year old girl it is extremenly difficult for me to accept this as “two young people experimenting.” How can a 9 year old offer any kind of mutual consent?

    Rutgers backed off a player from FL for having sex with his then girlfriend who has underage. They were both in HS, he was a senior she a sophmore. That I can accept as “two young people experimenting”. But a 9 year old? No way. Coach did the right thing, albeit far too late in my opinion.

  15. rndmrdr Says:

    It is a difficult situation to say the least but reports that I have read state that the girl is 15 not 9 and the young man is 17. so if the crime occured when they were 9 and 11 the question is where were the parents? The boy was tried and sentenced why take away an opportunity to further his education and better himself? I understand that there is a victim here, which is the young lady, but what kind of message is being sent when you take away all chances for someone so young. Instead of concentrating on crushing this young man’s future maybe you should try to put all of that energy on helping the young lady move on with her life and making sure that she has all of the resources necessary to excel? I for one, do not want to see another young man turn to the streets because he has no other options. Also, there is also damage being done to the young lady by exposing this to a national audience. This is no doubt embarrassing to her and something that is delicate and maybe should have been handled more discretely. Adults, please look in the mirror and ask what kind of example am I setting. Revenge at any and all costs?

  16. Toni4theright Says:

    Is being discret a protection for the young victim or the RAPIST . Well, this is not the step mother but i do know her and this family very well including reggie and his dad. in fact i use to take reggie to practice as well as to his games and with the coach when we would travel in princeton. try and figure out who it is now.. and just for the record if reggie dixon venson was concern or even his father was concern about the young lady then maybe they should have kept their mouth shut.. reggie is the reason why he is in this situation now, one because he raped her and two because he bragged about it to his friends. for the record thats how it came to be known, from his own mouth not only to his friends but to his father. court records states it was his father’s own words that convicted him. check your facts.. and he raped her three times, not twice as reported and was convicted of first degree… and ForeverYoung i hope your able to sleep at night.

  17. ForeverYoung Says:

    Of course, I can sleep at night. Why wouldn’t I be able to? I live in a beach house and I have time to do this all day! :-) Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, right?

    Anyway, enough about me. I am not convinced that you are not the step mom, Toni4theright. You know too much information to just have been someone who took Reggie to practice and games. All the other people who claimed to have done this on other blogs have nothing but good things to say about the kid. You seem to have nothing but hate. It’s fine to be supportive of the daughter, but your posts are hateful. I think you might try to physically hurt the boy or his family if you had the chance. Geez! How do you have so much access to court documents if you are not the step mom? I can’t check the facts like you can, obviously. I thought the documents said it happened twice, now you are saying three times? How do you know that? Is that in the court documents?

    Discretion is a protection for everyone- step mom, dad, daughter, Reggie, other children, other family members, etc. When the girl’s name is finally revealed, will she feel shamed at school? Is she strong enough to deal with the possible backlash? Toni, ask the mom this for us: When is enough, enough? THe courts have rendered a decision, right? He lost his scholarship and will probably go to community college, right? Does he need to die for her to be satisfied? When will she stop? When will she let these kids move on with their lives? Ask her if her life is full. Is she working? Does she have a boyfriend or husband? Does she have friends? Does she get to travel? OR is her life consumed with this vengence and hate she has for Reggie, and seemingly, his father? Fighting for the daughter is something a good mother should do, of course. But what about allowing the daughter to have a life? She’s a teenager, right? Doesn’t she want to go out with her girlfriends, go to prom, etc.? How can she do this comfortable if the mom is not letting go. It’s a just a sad sad case that the mother is making even sadder by holding on to it. She needs Jesus!

    • INGDIRECT Says:

      ForeverYoung Says: Discretion is a protection for everyone- step mom, dad, daughter, Reggie, other children, other family members, etc… ISN’T FUNNY, SAD THAT THE GIRL HE RAPED IN HAMPTON WASN’T PROTECTED BY DISCRETION….I HOPE YOUR STILL ABLE TO SLEEP WELL IN YOUR BEACH HOUSE SINCE HE RAPED AGAIN.. HOW DO WE NOW HELP HIM? DO YOU THINK A 3 CHANCE IS NEEDED? I GUESS WE HAVE TO SEE WHEN AND IF HE GETS OUT OF JAIL… CHECK OUT RAPE AT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY

  18. wiseone1971 Says:

    well reggie dixon has a second chance and it is at hampton university and the coaches dont care. a black school to protect the brother. he’s a great kid and i hope he does well FU#K the Haters Stay Strong REG

  19. thekid91 Says:

    being a friend of reggie for sometime, i know that going to rutgers would have given him a brighter future. but he kept his head up and finally found a place where he could call his second home… hampton… good luck ma dude and hope to hear from you

  20. Hampton is a fine institution. I applied there and my brother as well as my son’s mother both have degrees from Hampton. Spent a lot of time on the campus and VA beach. Great times indeed. He’ll love it. Tell your boy to stay up.

  21. HU Anonymous Says:

    I go to HU with Reggie, and I love him!!! Not to be disrespectful because I dont know all of the facts but I do know the man he is today and he is wonderful. Everything happens for a reason and im glad I know him!

  22. down 4 eva Says:

    unless u know reggie, dont talk about him!!! reggie doesnt even brag about winnin races n bein a great athlete, but he would brag about supposedly raping some ugly fat chick that was unfortunately his stepsister??!!! his stepmother is mad that his father divorced her and said if she couldnt bring him down, than she would bring down his son. B*TCH, I CANT WAIT TIL KARMA COMES UR WAY!!! or better yet until u burn in hell!!

  23. This is very hard 2 believe. That boy is mild-mannered as hell. Then again, I didn’t know him prior to comin 2 HU. I don’t doubt that they had intercourse, but he does not seem like the type to sexually assualt someone. I happen to have grown up with a guy who’s now in jail for sexual assault, there is nothing similar about the two. His Step-mother seems like a bitch. Imus can call her a nappy-headed hoe any day. What I get from this, is that she tracked down the Rutger’s Football staff to kill a young man’s career.

  24. YALL SPEAKIN LIEZ Says:

    ALL YALL SUCC DICC YALL SUM STUPID SUM BITCHEZ DIS WHOLE STORY IZ FALSE CHECC UR SOURCEZ DICC HEAD… ND NA I AINT NO INTERNET GANGSTA

  25. REG AITN GUILTY Says:

    REG GON MAKE IT REGARDLESS SO FUCC YALL HATERZ

  26. WHEREZ REGGIE? Says:

    https://www6.state.nj.us/LPS_spoff/SearchResults.jsp?type=Pages&BegLine=10
    in new jersey it by law all convicted sex offenders must register in a state wide database which contains the names of all sexual offenders and there current addresses etc. the link above brings you to the actual site now you do the math

  27. To: YALL SPEAKIN LIEZ, REG AITN GUILTY and HU_412, well guys your boy the one that you guys are defending and the one who doesn’t seem to be this way, he is at it again. This is truly SAD but we need to stop and look at the picture as a whole. What are the chance that this would happen again. I pray that he didn’t do it but GOD has given me a mind to think with and I leaning to the facet that this young man has a problem. He got off fairly easy with the last case but this one is in Virginia under the Commonwealth Law and trust me it is not nice. Virginia is a State that doesn’t play when it comes to sex crimes. All that I am going to say is that I pray that GOD is with this young man and that I wish him the best.

  28. REGGIE DIXON RAPES AGAIN… YOU MUST BE HAPPY THAT IT WASN’T ON YOUR CAMPUS.. GREAT DECISION

  29. INGDIRECT Says:

    I DO FEEL SORRY FOR HIS DAD, NO MATTER WHAT STICK IT OUT WITH HIM HE NEEDS YOU.. AND NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME IS HE WILL NEED HELP.. IT HAS TO BE HARD FOR A DAD TO HANDLE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.. BUT KEEP PRAYING BUT WHAT EVER YOU DO DON’T DISMISS IT AS THIS GIRL WAS ALL WRONG.. REGGIE PLACE HIMSELF THERE AND HE NOW HAVE HURT HIS CAREER…

  30. godjudges Says:

    Let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone…I c many stones have been cast, so by the same measure u 2 will B judged. If guilty he will pay the price as God see’s fit, so B it. Until all the facts R in I will support my son as any parent would. Let us remember my so called christians, God used a murderer to spread the Gospel (paul)! Did we forget this or do we just read the parts we want to read? Road 2 damascus might get u started, time reveals all truths. Let’s C what’s N store for him. No one gets away, not even my son, if he is guilty!

    • I have to say i am very SURPRISED to see your blog on this godjudges, you have put yourself out there as the father and to me appears to want the best and my guess for the first time in your life is open to the possiblity that your son may be this horrible person but yet want to be there for him i have to say i am very impressed… This has to be hard for you and i do hope it works out for the best, meaning jail may not be the worse thing that can happen to him…. I saw you in court on the 16th, but must say your girl looks HORRIBLE but you look hurt and i felt for you… btw love the reminders of the bible lets hope you apply all your learning and new your attitude towards all including your foes and your family… i will pray for you…

  31. devilisalie2 Says:

    REGGIE HAS NEVER HARMED ANYONE IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE. TO SAY THOSE THINGS ABOUT HIM AND NOT KNOW THE ACTUAL FACTS IS IGNORANCE IN EVERY HATERS MIND. IT WASNT HIS BLOOD SISTER AND SHE HAD JUST AS MUCH IN IT AS HE DID. THE MOTHER IS SO JEOULOUS AND SO EVIL BECAUSE OF THE DIVORCE. AND FAR AS THE RAPE IN HAMPTON, THEY THROW IT OUT OF COURT BECAUSE THE SLUT DIDNT SHOW UP. IF SOMEONE RAPED ME ILL FIGHT IT TO THE END. REGGIE IS DOING GREAT NO MATTER WHAT HATERS SAY. THIS MADE HIM STRONGER AND BEING THE BEST HE CAN BE IN TRACK AND FOOTBALL. IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME LOOK IT UP!!!!! HE DOING GREAT!! hOW CAN YOU DOWN SOMEONE AND YOU DONT KNOW THE FACTS. HES HE MOST THE MOST THOUGHTFUL PERSON YOU COULD EVER MEET. NO MATTER HOW MANY UGLY THOUGHTS ARE SAID ABOUT HIM HE IS THE STRONGEST AND HAPPIEST PERSON AND IS STILL BUILDING A PROMISING CAREER FOR HISSELF. fOLLOW HIM AND YOU WILL KNOW.

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