Auburn will focus on stopping Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon in the upcoming Sugar Bowl. But on Friday, the college football world was focused on the release of surveillance footage that shows him punching Amelia Molitor in 2014.
Mixon has been a key part of the Oklahoma offense in 2016, carrying the ball 168 times for 1,183 yards and scoring 13 total touchdowns.
The video, which was released on Friday evening by Mixon’s attorney at the request of the running back, displays graphic violence. It was released amidst some controversy, which has been covered at length by The Oklahoman.
According to the newspaper, Mixon’s attorney released the following letter with the video:
“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,” his attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”
The Oklahoman reports that the woman suffered fractured bones in her face as a result of the incident. Mixon, who was charged with a misdemeanor, was suspended from the football team for a year as a result of the incident. Mixon was put on probation for a year, per the report, and was required to complete community service and counseling.
Statement from the University of Oklahoma on the Joe Mixon video: pic.twitter.com/T0bbh5p6xq
— Spenser Davis (@Davis_Spenser) December 16, 2016
*He was removed from the team for 5 months, not one year. And he kept his full scholarship during that suspension. https://t.co/GkBt1PbfqL
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) December 16, 2016
WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND VIOLENT IN NATURE. IT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE TO WATCH. PLEASE USE DISCRETION WHEN VIEWING.