Video of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching woman released

Toby Graves
December 20, 2016

It happened three days after the then-soon-to-be Oklahoma running back caved in Amanda Molitor's face at a Norman, Oklahoma restaurant in July of 2014.

Tuesday, a lengthy video that shows the Sooners running back, along with his mother and two lawyers, talking to police detectives about the assault was released as well.

Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor in 2014 following the incident.

Joe Mixon was a star running back at Freedom High in Oakley before going to Oklahoma. He's now facing a civil suit from Molitor.

Mixon says he then followed Molitor's male friend inside to interrupt Molitor speaking to Smith to say nobody was trying to jump her.

"We were surprised by the release of the video by Mr. Mixon's attorneys", said Doug Dodd, legal council to the OAB. "He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest".

Joe Mixon and Amelia Molitor
Joe Mixon and Amelia Molitor

"The university was aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon".

Then, out of nowhere, during the late afternoon of December 16, Joe Mixon himself, who was not party to any of the lawsuits about the tape or even known to have had a copy of the tape, sent a letter and a DVD of two videos of the assault to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Based on that knowledge, they immediately suspended and removed the athlete from the football team for one year.

Andrea Adelson of ESPN noted that the suspension was basically the equivalent of a redshirt season.

Last year, Mixon returned to the team when the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff but he did not address the incident at the Orange Bowl media day. He is expected to play when Oklahoma faces Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on January 2. One of Molitor's attorneys complained to The Oklahoman that Mixon released the tape the day of Molitor's graduation from OU, suggesting that maybe the two sides weren't exactly on the same page.

"I was putting my head down and she just took off on me (motions to punch himself in face) after that", he said. The NFL has dealt with multiple domestic violence issues with players in recent years, and teams appear to be more unwilling than ever to risk bringing in a player with this time of incident on their record.

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