Oklahoma rusher Joe Mixon apologizes for punching woman in 2014
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Norman, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon publicly apologized for punching a female student in the face in 2014, an incident caught on surveillance video that was recently released.
“It’s never, never OK to retaliate and hit a woman the way I did,” said Mixon . “I’m here to apologize to everybody that was affected,” he added.
This was Mixon’s first public comment since his lawyers released two surveillance videos that showed the punch, which fractured four bones in Amelia Molitor’s face.
Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor at the time of the incident, and the university suspended him for the entire 2014 season.
On Friday, Mixon directed his apology to Molitor as well as Sooners coach Bob Stoops, university president David Boren , athletic director Joe Castiglione , his teammates and “most of all, my family.”
“I’m just here to apologize to Miss Molitor . I let a lot of people down,” said Mixon , who , who said he still is receiving counseling and that he performed 100 hours of community service.
Mixon also refused to discuss the events that led to the punching.
“Honestly, it really don’t matter what she did that night. It’s all on me,” Mixon said. “The reason why I’m in this position right now. I take full responsibility on what happened that night.”
“It’s never OK to hit a woman — never. I will preach that to anybody. It’s never OK, and hopefully people around the world can learn from my mistake and I’m willing to teach,” he added.
Mixon said he wanted to publicly apologize immediately after the incident but was advised by lawyers “to keep my mouth closed”.
“I definitely wish it would have came out sooner for the best of everybody,” Mixon said. “I can’t do nothing but thank Coach Stoops for the second chance he gave me. Can’t do nothing but thank President Boren and my teammates for sticking by me.”
In 11 games for the Sooners this season, Mixon has rushed for a team-leading 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished the 2016 regular season ranked second in the country in all-purpose yards and was a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
Oklahoma plays Auburn in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
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