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For the fictional character on the television series Alias, see Marcus Dixon (Alias).
Marcus Dixon
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No. 54     Kansas City Chiefs
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-16) September 16, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Rome, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
College: Hampton University
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2010 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-MEAC (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2012
Tackles     21
Sacks     2.5
Forced fumbles     1
Stats at NFL.com

Marcus Dwayne Dixon (born September 16, 1984) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Hampton University.

Dixon is also known for being prosecuted in a high-profile court case when, as a high school student, he was convicted in May 2003 for the "aggravated molestation" of Kristie Brown, an underage girl. These charges were later overturned and dropped to statutory rape.[1][2]

Early yearsEdit

Dixon was a grade A student at Pepperell High School and excelled on the football field to the point where he had been offered a full scholarship at Vanderbilt University, but due to his court case and conviction he was unable to take on this opportunity.

College careerEdit

Upon his release from prison Dixon enrolled at Hampton University in Virginia with a football scholarship.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

On April 27, 2008, Marcus signed a three-year, $1.1 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. The team released Dixon on September 4, 2010.[4]

New York JetsEdit

On September 5, 2010, Dixon was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.[5] An exclusive rights free agent, Dixon was signed to a one-year contract on January 26, 2011.[6] Dixon was released on September 1, 2012.[7] He was re-signed to the active roster on September 4.[8] Dixon was released by the team on September 24, 2012.[9]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Dixon was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on February 9, 2013.[10]

PersonalEdit

Dixon v. Brown caseEdit

Kristie Brown alleged that on February 10, 2003 Dixon forced her to have sex, taking her virginity. She has stated that contrary to Dixon's supporters' belief she was never Dixon's girlfriend and although they shared classes, they barely knew each other. The jury acquitted Dixon of rape, battery, assault and false imprisonment but because Brown was only 15 at the time of the incident found him guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation. Because of this Dixon was convicted at the mandatory amount under Georgia law, 10 years imprisonment.[11] Ironically, if he had been found guilty of rape, he would have faced a much less severe punishment.[11][12]

Supporters of Dixon including the NAACP and the Rev. Joseph Lowery's People's Agenda alleged the charges were racially motivated. The President of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman called it a "Legal Lynching".[11] [1]

Overturned conviction and releaseEdit

Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixon's conviction and he was released May 3, 2004. They let his conviction of misdemeanor statutory rape stand.[13] After Dixon's release both he and Brown appeared on Oprah in an attempt to clarify their stories.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Teen's sentence a shock to jurors". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 2, 2003. "When Marcus Dixon was sentenced to prison for aggravated child molestation and statutory rape, several members of the Floyd County jury were stunned that the former football star received a 15-year term, including 10 years without hope of parole. Dixon, an 18-year-old honor student with a full football scholarship to Vanderbilt University, had been accused of having forced sex with a 15-year-old girl in a Pepperell High School classroom trailer in February. He contended the sex was ..."
  2. Younge, Gary (January 23, 2004). "Deep south divided by rape case". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1129280,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "The case of a black high school student sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a white 15-year-old classmate in Georgia is igniting long-standing racial tensions in the deep south. As protesters gathered outside Georgia supreme court on Wednesday, holding candles and singing We Shall Overcome, Marcus Dixon's lawyers were arguing to appeal judges that his punishment was unusually harsh."
  3. High School Football Star Marcus Dixon Receives Scholarship to Attend Hampton
  4. http://www.truebluefanclub.com/blogs/nick_eatman.cfm?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&userid=1990bfd1-c6a9-4728-af3f-a229e85b981c&plckPostId=Blog:1990bfd1-c6a9-4728-af3f-a229e85b981cPost:9135ddcc-fc19-4ebf-8c23-6830e2b6d9a3&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest
  5. Vrentas, Jenny (September 5, 2010). "Jets cut David Clowney, claim three off waivers". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/09/jets_claim_receiver_patrick_tu.html. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  6. Vrentas, Jenny (January 26, 2011), "Jets deny Raiders permission to interview secondary coach Dennis Thurman", The Star-Ledger, archived from the original on January 26, 2011, http://www.webcitation.org/5w2EtpUn5, retrieved January 26, 2011
  7. Jets Media Relations Department (1 September 2012). "Jets Announce Roster, Practice Squad Moves". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6AMYfSBpo. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  8. Orr, Conor (4 September 2012). "Jets release punter T.J. Conley, add former Chargers P Robert Malone, re-sign DT Marcus Dixon". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6ARB5Cdew. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  9. Cimini, Rich (24 September 2012). "Jets release DT Marcus Dixon". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6AvBJCaDD. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  10. Allen, Patrick (9 February 2013). "Chiefs Sign Marcus Dixon". Arrowhead Addict. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. http://www.webcitation.org/6EKd3Fzuw. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/dixon.asp
  12. People's Weekly World - Act now to free Marcus Dixon
  13. http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=46395
  14. http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7269043/new-york-jets-marcus-dixon-found-jail-high-school-now-making-most-nfl-chance

Further readingEdit

  • Arey, Norman. "Teenager's Appeal to High Court to Attack Sentencing Guidelines." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 20 January 2004 (p. B1).
  • Arey, Norman. "Ex-Star Athlete Guilty in Sex Case." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 16 May 2003 (p. C4).
  • Dadigan, Marc. "Dixon Suit Settled for $130,000." Rome News-Tribune. 14 June 2005.
  • Edelman, Marian Wright. "Old South Lingers in a Legal Lynching." Los Angeles Times. 22 January 2004 (p. B17).
  • Gregory, Lauren. "Accuser Gets Settlement from System." Rome News-Tribune. 11 June 2005.
  • Gregory, Lauren. "Marcus Dixon Movie Possible." Rome News-Tribune. 11 June 2005.
  • Jacobs, Andrew. "Student Sex Case in Georgia Stirs Claims of Old South Justice." New York Times. 22 January 2004
  • Milloy, Courtland. "Marcus Dixon Doesn't Belong In Ga. Prison." Washington Post. 25 January 2004 (p. C1).
  • Wooten, Jim. "Home Life, Not Racism, the Problem." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 27 January 2004 (p. A9).
  • Associated Press. "Floyd County Schools Ask Federal Court to Throw Out Lawsuit in School Statutory Rape Case." 12 September 2003.
  • Associated Press. "Georgia High Court Overturns Teen's Sentence for Having Sex with Minor." CNN.com 3 May 2004.

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