NORMAN, Okla. – An OU football player, who is accused of an assault in Norman, will not play for the University of Oklahoma this season.
Last week, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office charged 18-year-old Joe Mixon with a misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury.
On Monday afternoon, Mixon headed to the Cleveland County Courthouse to face a judge for the first time.
His next court date is set for September 23 at 9 a.m.
On Monday afternoon, the University of Oklahoma released the following statement:
“Today, President David Boren accepted the recommendation of the Director of Athletics and the Head Football Coach to suspend Joe Mixon from the football team for the entire season. He will be excluded from all team activities, including being removed from the team roster. With appropriate conditions, he will be permitted to continue as a student, eligible for financial aid.”
“Vice President for Athletics Joe Castiglione and Head Football Coach Bob Stoops said, “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way. As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff.”
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The Norman Police Department confirmed that Mixon was involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old woman inside Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe on Campus Corner.
The alleged victim, Amelia Rae Molitor, suffered broken bones in her face as a result of the fight.
Molitor claims Mixon punched her in the face, resulting in a fractured jaw, fractured cheekbone, fractured sinus and fractured orbit.
Those injuries also caused a hematoma in her left eye.
According to the affidavit, Molitor told officers the altercation stemmed from the use of a homosexual slur directed at one of her friends.
The Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says Molitor went inside the restaurant to talk to another football player.
At that point, the alleged victim waved Mixon inside.
The DA says Mixon heard what was being said and started to leave when Molitor allegedly lunged at him.
The district attorney’s office says Mixon then lunged at her and got into her face.
The affidavit claims she slapped him before he “struck her on the left side of her face with his closed right fist, knocking her into a table top and then to the ground where she laid motionless. Joe Mixon then left the scene.”
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The police department’s incident report listed the crime as “aggravated assault and battery.”
However, Mixon was not arrested in connection with the incident.
Law enforcement source calls misdemeanor charges against #JoeMixon "crap" says "Any other normal person would have felony charges."
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While not everyone agrees with the punishment, the district attorney says he was not the first to strike out during the incident.
If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
The district attorney’s office says Molitor will not be charged in this case.
Mixon was recruited as a runningback for the University of Oklahoma.
Last month, Mixon was told he could not participate in activities related to the OU football team following the allegations.
Joe Castiglione, OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Athletic Director, released the following statement:
“The University of Oklahoma understands that charges have now been filed against Joe Mixon based upon an investigation by local law enforcement agencies. Under its policies, the University must independently evaluate student conduct matters and will review the facts as part of its internal process. At an appropriate time, the University will determine Mixon’s status.”
Kevin J. Finlay, Joe Mixon’s Attorney at Law. PLLC, released the following statement:
While we recognize that Joe has not been charged with the crime of assault and battery, we are still very disappointed that the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office chose to charge Joe with a misdemeanor for grossly disturbing peace or public decency.
As we have maintained from the beginning, it is our belief that Joe reacted instinctively after being racially slurred and physically assaulted by a highly intoxicated young woman and her male friend. We strongly disagree with the series of events as portrayed by Norman PD. Justice knows no gender bias and we do not believe that Joe’s actions were criminal in nature.
We are also disappointed that it appears that no assault and battery charges will be filed against the young woman for her actions on the morning of July 25th.
It is important to Joe and his family that he continues toward his goal of becoming a successful student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of Oklahoma. Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him.