Days after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 6 that it should be released, surveillance video showing Joe Mixon punching fellow student Amelia Molitor was made public on Friday through the Oklahoma running back’s attorney, Blake Johnson.
In the disturbing footage from July 25, 2014, Mixon is seen knocking Molitor out after she pushes him in a restaurant. The incident resulted in Molitor suffering fractured bones in her face, and Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor (acts resulting in gross injury) and suspended for the 2014 season.
Warning: the video is graphic.
Under a plea deal, Mixon was put on probation for a year. He also was required to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo cognitive behavior counseling.
The timing of the release of the video avoids the possibility of the footage being made public in the days before Oklahoma plays Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2017.
“University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon,” Oklahoma said in a statement upon release of the tape. “Based on that information, the university immediately suspended and removed Mr. Mixon from the football team for one year, during which high standards of conduct were expected and maintained. It was made clear to Mr. Mixon at the time of his suspension that violence against women will not go unpunished at the university.”
According to the Oklahoman, Mixon’s attorney Johnson wrote in a letter that “While Mr. Mixon is not a party to the OAB lawsuit and has not been directed by the Court to make any disclosure, he does not see any reason for the release of the recording at issue in that lawsuit to be delayed any longer. …
“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University. … He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”
Molitor, 22, is suing Mixon in Oklahoma City federal court for the incident.