Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin met with the media amidst a firestorm for suspending star signee Jeffery Simmons for just one game for punching a woman on video.

MSU is sure to face strict criticism in the coming weeks, and social media was on fire about the decision. He was sure to detail that the SEC was comfortable with the school’s decision on Simmons.

Here’s what Stricklin said about the decision to let Simmons enroll and the one-game suspension, as he took some direct questions about the subject:

Here’s the full video interview: