There always seems to be new information coming out weekly about Joe Mixon and his attack of Amelia Molitor at a Norman restaurant, back in 2014. At the time of the attack, after media scrutiny, Bob Stoops made the decision to suspend Joe Mixon for the entire 2014 season. Mixon returned in 2015, playing 25 games for the Sooners in the last two seasons as a change of pace and complimentary back to Samaje Perine.
It was assumed by most that the 2014 suspension and original swirl of news would be all that came from the attack, but that has not been the case, as new information has consistently released over the last two years, with the most damming evidence against Mixon dropping just a few days before the Sugar Bowl. The video clearly showed Mixon punching Molitor, a punch that broke her jaw. Mixon apologized soon after the video released.
“I’m here to apologize to Miss Molitor,” he said. “I apologize to Coach Stoops, I apologize to President (David) Boren, the AD (athletic director Joe Castiglione), my teammates. And most of all, my family. I let a lot of people down.”
Mixon declared for the draft in January, while pundits debate just where he could go in the draft, the last thing Mixon wants is more news to come to light about the incident.
However, the Norman Police Department dropped a bombshell late Thursday as they released the video of their interview with Molitor. You can watch the full 52 minute and 39 second video here. If you don’t have time to watch the full video, we’ve got you covered.
Molitor said a few things of note in this interview, and as expected, her story doesn’t quite match Mixon’s. First, it’s immediately clear in the video, which took place after Mixon’s interview, that the detective views her as the victim and at one point even says, “you’re my victim”.
Mixon, in his interview, told detectives that things started outside of Pickleman’s Cafe when Molitor purposely blew smoke in his face. Molitor has a different story. Molitor claims Mixon and his friends attempted to persuade Molitor to go back home with Mixon, because it was his birthday. When she turned down his advances, Mixon became angered, saying “So you’d rather go home with this fucking f****t than me?”, talking about her homosexual friend she was seen with in the restaurant surveillance video. After more verbal exchange and feeling threatened, Molitor and her friend went inside the restaurant to escape the situation.
We all know what happens next.
According to the detective, her story does not match up with several other witness accounts of what happened outside, but tells Molitor that her story is “more believable”. To which, Molitor replies, “If it had been my friends around, it would be a different story”, and the detective agrees that is probably true.
Mixon ended up being charged with a Misdemeanor, as the prosecutor made it clear at the time that if Mixon was charged with anything more, he would also have to charge Molitor since she technically struck first. Something he didn’t want to do. In the video though, it’s clear the detective wanted to bring much stronger charges against Mixon and tells Molitor that he’s planning on charging Mixon with aggravated assault and battery, a felony, and possible maiming, also a felony. The detective does acknowledge however, that a maiming charge would be difficult as it’s not clear weather or not Molitor’s injuries would qualify for such a charge.
Accusations of Prior Violence
We all knew, or at least reasonably figured, that her story would be different from Mixon’s. What we didn’t know, is the bomb shell Mixon’s attorney would level in the interview.
Molitor’s lawyer made some very heavy accusations regarding Mixon that has been unkown to the media up until this point. Molitor’s lawyers told the detective that Mixon has a history of violence and was ejected from a high school game for punching another player and was suspended the next game.
She also tells the story of Anthony Hernandez, a father who contacted her in the wake of the incident claiming that Mixon hit his daughter when he was in high school.:
“I know for a fact he threw my daughter to the ground and hit her. I went to the school and…they hid him in the office. He got no punishment. The police even came. I was escorted off the campus as if I did something wrong. These are simply the facts, he’s a woman beater.”
There will certainly be more developments in this story, and LGG will have that information out as soon as it becomes available.