Bob Stoops Comments on Joe Mixon After Release of Video of Assault

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2016

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 12:   Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears November 12, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Baylor 45-24. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption *** Joe Mixon;
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Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops commented on Joe Mixon's assault of a female student in 2014 after the running back's lawyers released a video of the incident on Dec. 18, per ESPN.com

Stoops said the discipline for Mixon at the time of the incident—he was suspended for the 2014 season—was not severe enough, per John Shinn of the Norman Transcript, and that dismissal from the program would be the response if the incident occurred today.

"After two-and-a-half years, it's obvious it wasn't enough," Stoops said of the punishment, per SoonerScoop.com. "But I feel like Joe has moved ahead in a very positive way."

Per Shinn, Stoops indicated that Oklahoma now has a "zero-tolerance policy" regarding violence against women, and the coach acknowledged that keeping Mixon in the program was based on his recommendation.

In the video, the female student is seen pushing Mixon before the running back feigns as though he might retaliate with a punch. The woman then slapped him in the face before Mixon punched her in the head, fracturing four bones in her face.

That video can be seen below (Warning: Graphic violence):

"It was horrible," Stoops said of seeing the video, per George Schroeder of USA Today. "I hated it, disliked—hated it as much as anybody did. Absolutely."

Mixon publicly apologized and, in a video interrogation with police released by Berry Tramel and Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman on Wednesday, Mixon explained his side of the story:

The gay dude … he called me something. He was like (slur). So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a (slur). 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.

You can see the video below (Warning: Graphic language):

Both Mixon and Stoops have come under fire in recent days after the video circulated. 

"Don't hit women," Clay Travis of Fox Sports Radio said. "And don't defend guys who hit women. Period. Tattoo that in your brain."

Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports added: 

But now that the video is out, Stoops, [athletic director Joe Castiglione] and [president David Boren] no longer have that plausible deniability — they saw the video a month-and-a-half after the incident as part of a roughly 40-person gallery at the Norman Police Investigations Center, and instead of booting him from the team, they decided that Mixon taking a redshirt year and remaining on scholarship was sufficient punishment.

In doing so, Oklahoma showed the true values of the school and its football program.

It is unclear if the public outcry after the video surfaced will affect Stoops' future at the school or Mixon's future as a potential NFL prospect.