Oklahoma announced late Tuesday night that star running back Joe Mixon will be suspended for violating team rules. Although, unlike like most team rule violations, the school revealed that Mixon got into an altercation with a parking attendant.
Apparently Mixon received a parking ticket on Tuesday morning, but decided he wasn’t going to get a ticket after all. So, he tore it up in front of the attendant.
If only it worked that way, right?
In a statement released by the school, Mixon issued an apology for his actions.
“I regret that I did not respond appropriately to parking attendants and understand and accept the consequences,” Mixon said.
This, of course, is the second time that Mixon has, “not responded appropriately” since coming to OU. As has been widely publicized, before Mixon’s freshman season, he punched a female student in the face in the middle of a local cafe, and ran out the door as she lay bloody and unconscious on the floor. The female victim was left with four broken bones in her face, and had multiple surgeries to repair the damage.
Mixon’s actions in that incident were reportedly not entirely unprovoked, but regardless, he did “not respond appropriately”. Mixon faced criminal charges and was suspended from the team for one year. However, he retained his eligibility by redshirting his freshman season. He is currently being sued by the victim.
By itself, Mixon tearing up a parking ticket wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Heck, in some cities he would probably be hailed as a hero. However, anything Mixon does will never be viewed in a bubble. While he’s at OU, his history will always factor in. More concerning though, is that he is starting to build a pattern of not being able to keep his cool.
Coach Stoops took a big risk keeping Mixon in Norman, especially as coaches are under more and more scrutiny for bringing in players with behavior issues. Hopefully, Mixon can keep his head on straight moving forward, and Stoops doesn’t come to regret that decision.
Oklahoma travels to Ames this week on a short week. With Samaje Perine already nursing an injury and confirmed out against Iowa State on Thursday night, it looks like the Cyclones will get a healthy dose of Abdul Adams. The true freshman has received carries in four games thus far, and racked up 215 yards on 41 attempts.