NewsOK University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon on Friday had his attorney make public the surveillance video that shows him punching another student, Amelia Molitor, in July 2014. Mixon also had his attorney release a second surveillance video from the same night. The second video shows other OU football players at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe in Norman at the time of the incident. “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 Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Dec. 6 that the video showing the punch is a public record. Justices said the city of Norman must release that video to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. The association had sued for access to that video under the Open Records Act. The video had not been released yet because the city of Norman was given 20 days to decide whether it wanted a rehearing on the issue. “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,” Johnson wrote in the letter. “Further delay appears only to be generating unfounded speculation about what is shown in that video,” the attorney wrote. “We also see no reason to withhold the second recording we received from Ms. Molitor’s attorneys and so have included it as well.” One of Molitor’s attorneys, Rusty Smith, criticized the timing of the release. He pointed out Molitor was going through graduation ceremonies at OU on Friday night. He suggested Mixon could have waited. Molitor’s attorneys long have had the videos themselves but made a decision not to release them. They had sought permission to argue to a Cleveland County judge that the video of the punch should not be released. Smith said the decision not to release the videos themselves was made “so the evidence could be viewed by the court officials and a jury, as opposed to a public forum.” He also said, “The videos speak for themselves.” By having the video of the punch released now, Mixon avoids the possibility it would be released by the city of Norman days before the Sugar Bowl and become a distraction to the team. OU plays Auburn on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. Molitor, 22, is suing Mixon, 20, in Oklahoma City federal court for punching her in the face inside Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early in the morning on July 25, 2014. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton last month dismissed two of her three claims. Mixon is raising a number of defenses to her remaining claim — intentional infliction of emotional distress. His attorneys assert, for instance, that Molitor “by her conduct contributed in whole or in part to any claimed loss or injuries.”
In 2014, Oklahoma Sooners star running back Joe Mixon was arrested for punching a female student named Amelia Molitor, well today the video was released and it’s awful. It’s Ray Rice bad. Maybe worse. Sure, Molitor shoved Mixon and slapped him first so you could argue he acted in self defense, but Mixon then wound up and hit her with a full force haymaker. The punch Mixon threw at Molitor was absolutely brutal, and if a man hits a woman with a punch like that, they have no excuses. Joe Mixon is am immensely talented player who has the skill to be playing in the NFL, but after NFL scouts see this video, good luck ever playing a snap in the NFL. The league has taken a strong stance against domestic violence following numerous incidents by NFL players, and with a video circulating of Joe Mixon knocking a woman out with a haymaker, no NFL team is going to give him a chance on draft day.