While Oklahoma prepares for a Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma State to decide the Big 12, one of the Sooner’s biggest stars has a certain off-the-field issue haunting him.
Two years ago running back Joe Mixon made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after punching a female student in the face in the middle of a local cafe.
Mixon was ultimately charged with a misdemeanor and received a one-year suspension from coach Bob Stoops, a year that counted as his redshirt year. Meaning, Mixon didn’t actually miss any playing time, just some time away from the team.
Let’s be Frank, the punishment paled in comparison to what the victim went through. With so much attention, she withdrew from Oklahoma, moved home to Texas, and underwent multiple surgeries to repair four fractured bones in her face.
Furthermore, as she deals with the psychological torment that came from that day, we all watch and cheer for Joe Mixon on TV.
“The physical part was manageable for me. All the rest seemed unbearable,” she told The Oklahoman in July. “Almost immediately, I was made to feel like it was my fault. When you’re at such a vulnerable point, you tend to believe it.”
To her and her family, it doesn’t seem fair. The good news is, after two years, maybe the healing process can begin.
In a lengthy letter to the Oklahoman, Mixon says he’s sorry for his reaction that day, he’s sorry for hurting Ms. Molitor, he apologizes to the fans and supporters of the University, and he explains why it’s taken two years to for him to come forward with his remorse.
“For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman, Oklahoma. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.
“On the night of July 24, 2014, I had just turned 18 years old. I was away from home for the first time and far from comfortable in my new surroundings, which were different from my hometown. That night, I was out with members of the football team, trying to get to know my new teammates and friends. I was not drinking; I have never had a drink in my life. At the end of the night, a group of apparently drunk people started harassing us. Some of my teammates were wise enough to leave. I did not, and I am sorry.
“The situation got tense. Racial slurs were hurled at me. I should have left, but I did not. A woman shoved me. I was upset and I should have left, but I did not. Then, she slapped me, and I reacted poorly – I struck her. It was a bad reaction, one that does not reflect my character or my values. I am sorry.
“I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.
“I understand why my reaction that night, and in a more recent incident on campus, might give people the impression that I am an angry person. But I do not see myself that way, and I do not want others to. I believe that, over time, I can prove that my past mistakes do not represent who I really am. I promise everyone willing to give me the chance that I will work harder and continue to better myself as an individual and community member. I want to be a role model on and off the field.
“I hope everyone understands I am a college student and a member of the Oklahoma Sooner football team. I do not want my school or my team to be further distracted. For that reason, I do not intend to comment anymore on this matter. I will not respond to media inquiries about anything other than Sooner football. I ask that all legal questions be directed to my lawyers. I want to focus on being my best as a teammate, student, and member of my community.”