Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon’s attorneys have released official surveillance video of the incident in which Mixon punched a female Oklahoma student in 2014.
The video explicitly shows Mixon punching Amelia Molitor after she approaches him aggressively. Mixon fractured four bones in Molitor’s face during the altercation.
Here is the Joe Mixon video that was released to the media today.
(WARNING: as you probably guessed, it's violent) pic.twitter.com/rICdHekjCU
— Jack McGuire (@TailgateHeisman) December 16, 2016
Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor and was suspended for the entire 2014 season.
The video release comes after the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters sued to have access to the footage. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in their favor, asking for its release by the city of Norman. The deadline to release the video or file an appeal was set for Dec. 26.
However, Mixon told attorneys to release the video to the public before the deadline.
“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he acted that night,” a statement through his attorneys said. “He has publicly apologized to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates, and the University. He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”
Upon the video’s release on Friday, the University of Oklahoma released its own statement about their punishment for Mixon at the time.
“University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon [in 2014],” the school said. “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 [Bob] 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 issued a formal apology for the incident last month, but still made it known that the incident was initiated by racial slurs said in his direction.
Mixon has been a key to the Sooners’ success this season, rushing for a team-leading 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns. He will have one last time to shine this season against Auburn in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.