(WSVN) — University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is back in news headlines, 2 years after he was suspended for a season for punching a woman and knocking her unconscious.
Fox 23 reports that the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that surveillance video of the incident must be made public, saying the video was part of the court record and therefore subject to release.
On July 25, 2014, surveillance video in a restaurant captured Mixon approaching two people. The video had no audio, but shows the woman shoving Mixon away, followed by Mixon lunging at her. That’s when the victim slapped him, and Mixon punched her.
The woman’s head hit a table as she fell to the ground, where she lay unconscious for several minutes. The assault left the victim with several broken facial bones.
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In addition to Mixon’s season-long suspension, he entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor in October of 2016 in which he maintained his innocence, but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence against him. Mixon was sentenced to a year of probation.
The University of Oklahoma released this statement in response to the video’s release:
“University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon. Based on that information, the university immediately suspended and removed Mr. Mixon from the football team for one year, during which high standards of conduct were expected and maintained. It was made clear to Mr. Mixon at the time of his suspension that violence against women will not go unpunished at the university. Coach Stoops has been proactive in presenting training for his team aimed at preventing such behavior in the future. Sensitivity training in the area of violence has been intensified and best practices will continue to be implemented. Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes. We are an educational institution where we hope young people will learn from their mistakes and chart a better future course.”
Mixon has 1,183 yard and averages 7 yards per carry this season for the No. 7 Sooners, who will face No. 17 Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
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