The fallout from a disturbing 2014 incident involving an Oklahoma Sooners standout continues.
Late last week, following a protracted legal battle, the video showing Joe Mixon punching Amelia Molitor in the face, breaking four bones in her face and leaving her unconscious, was released to the public. 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.
In the new video, Mixon stated that a male friend of Molitor hurled a racial epitaph at him, prompting Mixon to hurl a homophobic slur at what he described to police as “[t]he gay dude.” Shortly thereafter, the verbal altercation turned physical between Molitor and Mixon.
“The gay dude … he called me something,” Mixon said according to The Oklahoman. “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.”
Almost immediately, Mixon began to realize how badly he’d screwed up.
“I just felt, I was like … what I got myself into?” Mixon said. “And then once I left, I mean, I felt bad. Even though she hit me and it hurt, I mean, it was just like the fact that you know me, you know, being out of character and, you know, putting myself into certain situations. I just started thinking about the future and everything else.”
Mixon was suspended by Oklahoma for the entire 2014 season after the OU hierarchy, including president David Boren, athletic director Joe Castiglione and head football coach Bob Stoops, viewed a copy of the video.
In late October of that year, a plea deal was reached in the case that helped Mixon avoid a trial. As part of that deal, Mixon was given a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and will be required to attend cognitive behavior counseling. In February of last year, Mixon was welcomed back to the Sooners.
This season, Mixon leads the Sooners in rushing yards (1,183) and is second in receptions (32) and receiving yards (449). His 15 total touchdowns (eight rushing, five receiving, one kick return, one passing) were second on the team.