TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- An attorney for Joe Mixon released video of a controversial incident in 2014.
- Mixon is a student and football player at the University of Oklahoma.
- The video shows him punching a woman after a confrontation at a restaurant.
- WATCH the video above.
The attorney representing University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon released video Friday showing the student athlete punching a woman in 2014.
Mixon was suspended after the incident and sentenced in court to a year of probation after entering an Alford plea to a misdemeanor in October 2016.
The video had no audio, but it shows the victim and a friend enter the restaurant around 2:40 a.m. July 25.
Soon after Mixon comes up to them, words are exchanged, then the woman shoves Mixon, who then jerks toward her in an intimidating manner. That’s when she slaps him and then Mixon punches her.
The woman hit a table as she fell to the ground and was unconscious for a few minutes.
Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the video be released to the public. It wasn’t made immediately clear at the time when that would happen.
The University of Oklahoma released this statement in response to the video:
University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon. 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. Coach Stoops has been proactive in presenting training for his team aimed at preventing such behavior in the future. Sensitivity training in the area of violence has been intensified and best practices will continue to be implemented. Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes. We are an educational institution where we hope young people will learn from their mistakes and chart a better future course.
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