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Dixon's arrest is a distraction for Baylor

9/27/2013

The arrest of Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon is, at the very least, a potential distraction for the Bears.

Dixon was arrested on Thursday and charged with misdemeanor assault. BU plans to handle the situation internally so it’s unclear if Dixon will miss any games. The Bears have a bye this weekend before hosting West Virginia on Oct. 5.

Nonetheless, it’s an unwelcome distraction to an otherwise perfect start to the season. The Bears are 3-0 and lead the nation in offensive yards per game (751.3), yards per play (9.84), passing yards per game (444.33), points scored (69.7), point margin (62) and yards margin (454). Their outstanding start is getting recognized nationwide so Dixon’s arrest brings some ill-timed negative attention to the program.

On the field, Dixon is tied with defensive end Terrance Lloyd with 28 consecutive starts and is one of the leaders of the Bears defense. If he’s suspended for any time, the Bears will have to turn to younger, inexperienced players behind the senior. Redshirt freshman Orion Stewart is listed as Dixon’s backup, but fortunately, the Bears have plenty of time to prepare their young backups to face a Mountaineers offense that has sputtered this season.

The most disappointing aspect of the situation is Dixon’s poor decision to put himself ahead of the team. By allowing his off-the-field actions to create a distraction for the program, it could potentially take him off the field. That’s not what a leader does.