NORMAN, Okla - Oklahomans are reacting to the Joe Mixon tape after Friday’s unexpected release.
OU students said they were shocked after watching Mixon punch female co-ed Amelia Molitor in the face.
"The punch is actually a lot worse than I expected it to be. It was a lot more vicious," Kevin Calvillo, an OU student, said.
"It's crazy too because Joe Mixon and I, we had the same Cherokee class together. So he's a really nice guy, which is why I couldn't imagine how he lashed out so much," Jennifer Thomas said.
The video’s release may have come as a surprise to many Oklahomans, but not to legal analyst Ed Blau – since after all there is an ongoing civil suit.
"I can imagine that Mr. Mixon's attorneys, once they received the tape wanted to get it out in front of the story quite frankly, and make sure that once that was out there the plaintiff couldn't hold that over their head for purposes of a bigger settlement," Blau said.
Blau speculates that this football season might also have to do with the timing.
"The date that the Supreme Court set out for release of the tape is almost exactly the same day that OU will be playing in the Sugar Bowl and I could understand that Mr. Mixon wouldn't want that to be a distraction," Blau said.
In a letter, Mixon’s attorneys said “Ms. Molitor’s attorneys apparently obtained both recordings from the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office two years ago”.
NewsChannel 4 asked why Mixon’s attorneys did not have it then.
"The state doesn't have to make that available until 10 days before trial. Because they entered into a plea bargain the DA wasn't legally required to turn that over," Blau explained.
Blau said Mixon’s attorneys only recently obtained the video form Molitor’s attorneys because all evidence has to be turned over in a civil case.
We reached out to both the Norman City Attorney and the DA, and both refused to comment.
NewsChannel 4 also tried to reach Molitor’s attorneys for comment after hours Friday.
We will try to reach them again Monday.