Oklahoma Sooners Football

Joe Mixon Surveillance Video of 2014 Assault on Woman Released

Oklahoma faces Louisiana Monroe in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., during their home opener in their newly renovated stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. The south end of the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, at right, has been enclosed and is now a complete bowl. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2016

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon had surveillance video of his 2014 assault of Amelia Molitor at Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe released on Dec. 16.

Per Nolan Clay of the Oklahoman (warning: link contains graphic video footage), Mixon requested his attorney make the video public after an 8-1 ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Dec. 6 that "the city of Norman should release the video showing the punch to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters." 

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Sports Illustrated provided comments from a video of Mixon speaking to police about the incident:

The gay dude...he called me something. He was like [expletive]. So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a [expletive]. And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that's when she came in my face, pushed me, and then my glasses came off, and then, like, I had, like, jumped at her, like, to watch out. And then she came in my face. I put my head down. And she swung on me.

And after that, like, I was so shocked, because she hit me so hard. It felt like a dude hit me. And after that, like, my face went boom, my reaction was just right there.

In a letter included in Clay's report written by Mixon's attorney, Blake Johnson, the Sooners running back hopes releasing the video will help bring this matter to a close. 

"Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the university," Johnson wrote, per Clay on Dec. 16. "He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest."

In July, Molitor filed separate lawsuits against Mixon and Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe. She alleged that the cafe should have provided security to prevent that kind of situation from happening. Molitor suffered fractures to her jaw, cheekbone, sinus and orbital bone. 

According to Clay, Mixon's attorneys responded to Molitor's lawsuit that she "repeatedly instigated hostile conversations" with the Sooners running back outside of the cafe before the incident occurred inside.

As a result of the incident, Mixon was suspended by Oklahoma's football team for the entire 2014 season. He has appeared in 24 of the team's 25 games since 2015, running for a career-high 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 

Oklahoma is preparing to play Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on January 2. Clay noted that releasing the video now prevents Norman from releasing it right before the game.

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