A shocking video of University of Oklahoma star running back Joe Mixon punching a woman during an argument was released Friday by Mixon’s own attorneys.
The video showed fellow student Amelia Molitor in an argument with Mixon where she pushed, then slapped Mixon, before he responded by knocking her out with a punch that broke her jaw, during the fracas in 2014 at a restaurant near campus.
Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault and entered a plea that gave him a year of probation, 100 hours of community service and behavioral counseling, the Associated Press reported.
The video was ordered to be released by Oklahoma’s Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit brought by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters even though lawyers for the Molitor argued to keep it unreleased.
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But Mixon’s attorneys said their client wanted the video in the public square in order to bring an end to the saga.
“Joe has apologized for the way he reacted that night,” his attorney said.
“He has served the punishments handed down by the court and the university.
“If copies of the surveillance video are now to be released to the media, he hopes that this release will help put this matter to rest.”
Molitor has ongoing lawsuits against Mixon and she didn’t want the video released with no context according to her attorneys.
“Unfortunately, if the single video of the punch is released now and to the media, the court of public opinion will receive and review evidence before a jury does,” Molitor’s attorneys told the AP.
“Not only could this undermine the integrity of the ongoing federal civil cases, it would also be an incomplete presentation of evidence.
“We have always believed that no young woman would want a video of herself being victimized used for media sensationalism and viewer ratings.”
Mixon is scheduled to play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 and the university is hopeful that the incident will be behind him by then.
“Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes,” it said in a statement.
The video has ignited debate on social media about hitting a woman, even if she hits a man first.
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@NewsOK everyone on this thread realizes if Mixon had just walked away, it wouldn’t have happened. It’s his fault for chasing it.
— VF Castro (@TheVFCastro) December 16, 2016
— Aaron Chastain (@aaron_chastain) December 16, 2016
A real man would have walked away…@NewsOK Joe Mixon you’re a bully with anger issues.
— Gabriella Sannino (@SEOcopy) December 17, 2016
@NewsOK looks like self defense to me. A shove, then a punch/hands to the neck as he turns to leave. Cant cry the victim when u started it.
— UK OWNS UL (@BBN_Taye_UK) December 16, 2016
@NewsOK People are attempting to justify what this man did wow. Completely unecessary and excessive, even when ignoring double standards.
— Owen C. (@Kvng_OC) December 17, 2016
Mixon wasn’t the only person to take heat for the video either.
ESPN college football analyst Brent McMurphy decided to tweet a “joke” about how Oklahoma football fans have defended Mixon since the release of the video.
Really enjoy Brett McMurphy’s work. This was an EXTREME lapse in judgment. Oy. pic.twitter.com/MB28CJiB9t
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) December 17, 2016
The comment referred to the university’s fight song “Boomer Sooner,” but social media didn’t appreciate the quip.
The scary thing is that video pales in comparison to what some people are subjected to, and it’s still horrific. Not something to joke about https://t.co/MTvXj9D9CM
— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) December 17, 2016
What the hell is wrong with you. https://t.co/73JlNAkJgN
— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) December 17, 2016
McMurphy later apologized in a statement he tweeted.
I deleted an earlier tweet that was part of a series of tweets I put out in response to what I considered to (cont) https://t.co/yPaRHnwUYm
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 17, 2016
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