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Robert Kraft says 'playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right' as the Patriots reportedly take controversial Oklahoma running back off their draft board

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Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon likely has the talent to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but his history of domestic violence may result in him not being drafted at all.

On Monday, the Boston Herald reported that the New England Patriots have removed Mixon from their draft board entirely.

New England owner Robert Kraft told the Herald earlier this week: "While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women."

Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 season after he pleaded guilty to assault. Video released early last month from the 2014 incident showed him punching a woman in the face in a restaurant and leaving while she was still on the ground. The woman, who suffered four fractured bones in her face, is suing him in federal court.

As a result, Mixon was not invited to the Draft Combine.

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Jan 2, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) takes selfies with fans after defeating the Auburn Tigers in the 2017 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma won 35-19. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 05: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs with the ball during the first half of their win against the Akron Zips at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners hugs running backs Samaje Perine #32 and Joe Mixon #25 after an overtime victory against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 3: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers October 3, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 24: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt stretches running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners before their game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 24, 2015 at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 24: Running backs Samaje Perine #32 and Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate a touchdown during their victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 24, 2015 at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 31: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs through a tackle from Defensive end Ben Goodman Jr. #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Sooners victory on October 31, 2015 at Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after scoring a 32-yard touchdown in the first half of their game against the Houston Cougars during the Advocare Texas Kickoff on September 3, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 08: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners wears the Golden Hat trophy after a 45-40 win against the Texas Longhorns at Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 22: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners on the field before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma Sooners on October 22, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Oklahoma won the game 66-59. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 19: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners in action against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 19, 2016 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up prior to playing the Auburn Tigers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Along with the Patriots, the Miami Dolphins have said there is a "zero percent chance" they draft him.

Of course, as we saw with Tyreek Hill last season, Mixon only needs one team to take a chance on him. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation, which stemmed from a 2014 instance in which he punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach and choked her. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Hill in the fifth round, and he was one of the most talented rookies in the NFL last season.

Because the Patriots are the NFL's gold standard, news that they won't consider him could influence other teams, too. That said, Mixon has reportedly met with the Lions, Bengals, Browns, and Saints.

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