Joe Mixon Releases Statement of Apology
OU running back Joe Mixon has apologized for the incident in which he punched a female outside a Campus Corner restaurant in Norman in the summer of 2014.
Mixon sent a statement, saying “For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.”
The incident occurred in July of 2014, shortly after Mixon arrived on campus from his home in California.
Mixon was suspended by OU for the entire 2014 season after being charged with a misdemeanor.
Under a plea agreement with the Cleveland County district attorney, Mixon completed one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and attended counseling.
“I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.”
Molitor suffered facial fractures as a result of the punch and filed a civil lawsuit against Mixon for negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
A federal judge in Oklahoma City dismissed the first two of those three aspects of the suit on Monday, with only the emotional distress part still in play.
Mixon says in the statement racial slurs were directed towards him and he reacted angrily, but believes his actions that night do not accurately reflect who he is.
Mixon wrote, “I believe that, over time, I can prove that my past mistakes do not represent who I really am. I promise everyone willing to give me the chance that I will work harder and continue to better myself as an individual and community member. I want to be a role model on and off the field.”
Mixon ended in his statement saying he will not answer any further questions about the incident.
Mixon and the Sooners are off this weekend before finishing the regular season on December 3 at home against Oklahoma State.