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NORMAN, Okla. – OU running back Joe Mixon has finally released a statement regarding the 2014 assault in which he allegedly punched a woman in the face, leaving her with several broken bones.

In July of 2014, authorities say Amelia Molitor and OU running back Joe Mixon were involved in a fight on Campus Corner.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as Molitor pushed Joe Mixon before she was punched in the face.

The force of that punch broke several bones in her face.

Molitor told officers the argument started outside of Pickleman’s Deli and stemmed from a homosexual slur Mixon directed towards her friend

Mixon was eventually charged with misdemeanor assault and entered an Alford plea.

Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon

In July 2016, Amelia Molitor filed a civil suit against Mixon for negligence, wanton and willful conduct and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

On Monday, a judge threw out parts of the lawsuit, stating Molitor filed the wrong kind of lawsuit.

A judge ruled that the case does not fall under a negligence claim, saying that intentional acts cannot be negligent.

When it came to the wanton and willful conduct allegation, the judge ruled that it is usually tied to negligent claims. However, since he ruled this is not a negligent case, that would not apply.

Instead, the judge indicates that Molitor’s claim should have been an assault and battery case.

However, plaintiffs only have one year to file a lawsuit for those cases under Oklahoma law. Since the fight occurred in 2014, it is too late for assault and battery allegations to be filed.

The judge allowed Molitor’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress to stand.

Molitor now has 14 days to amend the complaint.

One day after the judge’s ruling, Mixon released a statement regarding the 2014 assault.

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, Oklahoma.  Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.

On the night of July 24, 2014, I had just turned 18 years old. I was away from home for the first time and far from comfortable in my new surroundings, which were different from my hometown. That night, I was out with members of the football team, trying to get to know my new teammates and friends. I was not drinking; I have never had a drink in my life. At the end of the night, a group of apparently drunk people started harassing us. Some of my teammates were wise enough to leave. I did not, and I am sorry. 

The situation got tense. Racial slurs were hurled at me. I should have left, but I did not. A woman shoved me. I was upset and I should have left, but I did not. Then, she slapped me, and I reacted poorly—I struck her. It was a bad reaction, one that does not reflect my character or my values. I am sorry.

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. I understand why my reaction that night, and in a more recent incident on campus, might give people the impression that I am an angry person. But I do not see myself that way, and I do not want others to. 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.

I hope everyone understands I am a college student and a member of the Oklahoma Sooner football team. I do not want my school or my team to be further distracted. For that reason, I do not intend to comment anymore on this matter. I will not respond to media inquiries about anything other than Sooner football. I ask that all legal questions be directed to my lawyers. I want to focus on being my best as a teammate, student, and member of my community.

Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon