When Auburn takes on Oklahoma in the upcoming Sugar Bowl, all eyes are certain to be on Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon.
Though he’s been a productive member of the Sooners football team all season, the video of a 2014 altercation during which he punched a young woman was released on Friday and it has brought a firestorm of criticism in the direction of not only Mixon, but also Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and the university administration.
As far as the law and the football team are concerned, Mixon has complied with the punishment handed out for fracturing the young woman’s face with a close-handed punch, but when it comes to folks watching the video for the first time, there are unresolved questions about why he has been able to continue his football career at Oklahoma in the first place.
On Tuesday, The Oklahoman unveiled footage from a police interview with Mixon conducted on July 28, 2014, during which he attempts to explain his actions to the investigator.
Mixon told investigators that he was “shocked” by being slapped by the woman prior to striking her, and that it “felt like a dude” hit him.
The Oklahoman transcribed the key moments of the conversation, which lasts over an hour on the footage. It involved an exchange of words between Mixon and the woman’s friend in the moments prior to the altercation:
“The gay dude … he called me something,” Mixon said in the video. “He was like (slur). So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a (slur). And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that’s when she came in my face, pushed me, and then my glasses came off, and then, like, I had, like, jumped at her, like, to watch out. And then she came in my face. I put my head down. And she swung on me.
“And after that, like, I was so shocked, because she hit me so hard. It felt like a dude hit me. And after that, like, my face went boom, my reaction was just right there.”
Here’s a look at the full investigation footage:
Mixon, who is fully expected to participate in the Sugar Bowl against Auburn, has 1,183 yards rushing on the season.