Video of Florida State player ignites questions about past incident involving OU player

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FLORIDA -- A newly released video has many making a comparison to an Oklahoma case from last year.

Just this week, a video was released showing a Florida State quarterback hitting a young woman in the face at a bar after she is seen pushing him. That player has since been kicked off of the team.

It's video many are now comparing to the case last year against OU Football Player Joe Mixon.

While the two universities have handled the similar situations quite differently, OU officials have continued to stand by their decision to allow Joe Mixon to return to the team this year.

The problem with comparing these two cases is that most people have not seen the video from the Mixon incident. A judge made the decision earlier this year that the video did not have to be released.

In the video involving Florida State’s De’Andre Johnson, you can see as the woman pushes him. He then hits her in the face. Reports say he bloodied her nose.

Local Attorney Garvin Isaacs said, “Even though the woman touched him first, you don't go using force on a woman. You get out of the diseased environment.”

The Florida State player is now facing a battery charge and he has been kicked off of the football team. Some are now comparing those disciplinary actions to the way OU handled the case of Running Back Joe Mixon last year.

Mixon was accused of hitting a young woman, breaking four bones in her face, at Pickleman's Café in Norman. He was charged with acts resulting in gross injury, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and behavior counseling. He was also suspended from the football team.

Video of that incident was never released. But some in our newsroom have seen it, including KFOR News Director Carlton Houston.

“You don't get to hear what was said. You don't hear how it was said. You just see two people engaged in a highly emotional conversation,” Houston said. “Her hands went up on his chest. She slapped him and then he swung one time, punched her in the face, her body went straight to the floor and he walked away.”

Mixon's suspension has since ended and he is now back on the football team.

OU President David Boren addressed that decision on Flashpoint earlier this year, pointing out Mixon had just turned 18 at the time.

“He's done every single thing we asked him to do,” Boren said. “We've been tough, but we've given people a chance for rehabilitation.”

In that interview, Boren did say he and other university officials were shocked and upset by the video of the incident involving Joe Mixon, but again they believe he deserved a second chance.

Mixon's attorney declined our request for a comment.

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