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Joe Mixon Speaks

Joe Mixon took to the podium today to talk about the incident in July of 2014

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Earlier today Joe Mixon spoke to media for the first time in regards to punching Amelia Molitor in July of 2014. It was only the second time he has been available to the media — the first time was the Orange Bowl last season but due to his lawyers’ wishes, would only talk about football.

An emotional Mixon took to the podium and said “First off I want to apologize to Ms. Molitor, Coach Stoops, President (David) Boren, my teammates, my mother and my family. I let a lot of people down that day.”

This was the first step in a long process of forgiveness and moving forward. Many believe that this press conference should have happened much earlier, but due to pending lawsuits, Mixon had to remain silent. That did not stop him from requesting to speak.

“Honestly, when I was able to play football again, I wanted to apologize and speak.” Mixon reminisced. “Obviously with the cases still going I had to remain quiet.”

Perhaps the best line from the presser was when Mixon was asked if he desires an apology from Molitor herself.

“It doesn’t matter what she did” Mixon answered. “It was all on me and I take full responsibility.”

Mixon even shared his desire to eventually have the opportunity to apologize to Molitor and her family face to face.

With this incident thrusting Mixon into an unfortunate category of people, Mixon shared his desire with becoming involved in violence against women groups. “I want to do it. I feel I have an opportunity to teach young people about it.”

When asked about if he was disappointed by the flack Oklahoma and Stoops have taken as a result for his second chance, Mixon spoke of understanding where that particular sentiment was coming from.

“All I can ask for is a second chance and hope that with that I can continue to grow as a person and show my maturity over time.”

Mixon defended Stoops’ trust in giving him a second chance, “When he recruited me he told my parents and me that he would be in my corner. After it happened, Coach Stoops stood by me and my family.”

Mixon attempted to show his growth in the two and a half years since the incident. He spoke of his community service tasks and counseling — which he still is seeking. “When it happened I was 17-18 years old and I made a bad mistake.”

Overall, Mixon’s emotion and continued apologies were exactly what was needed in this process. He still is under a pending civil suit so he couldn’t exactly stand at the podium and say everything he wanted or answer every question. He appeared genuine in his remorse and sorrow for what happened and his desire to not only grow as a football player but as a person.

Mixon did not confirm or deny the report of his status for the NFL. “Honestly, I’m not even thinking about the NFL. I’m focusing on apologizing and working with my team for the Sugar Bowl and Auburn.”

“It is never okay to retaliate and hit a woman the way I did” Mixon expressed. “Even a male, but never a woman.” Mixon was very adamant in saying “never.”

“You shouldn’t hit a female, period.”

This was something that should have come in 2014. Again, the legal system handcuffs people’s abilities to speak during lawsuits, but today was the first step. Mixon was very emotional, appeared remorseful and even embarrassed. He understand how people will view him for the rest of his life now.

Mixon has had two years to know how to answer these questions. He it safe to assume he was coached by his peers and council on how to answer. But if we are going to truly move on, Mixon’s answers and composure were all completely necessary. The process is still going to continue, but this was a good first step.

 

 

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