Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon will not report for team activities while under investigation

The freshman running back is being investigated for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old female OU student early last Friday morning. “Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time,” a statement from the OU athletics department read. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”
by Ryan Aber Modified: July 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm •  Published: July 30, 2014


photo - Freedom High's Joe Mixon (20) left, tries to get past the Pittsburg High defense in the second quarter of their North Coast Section playoff football game in Pittsburg, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
Freedom High's Joe Mixon (20) left, tries to get past the Pittsburg High defense in the second quarter of their North Coast Section playoff football game in Pittsburg, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s football players reported Wednesday, a day before the start of practice.

Freshman running back Joe Mixon was not among them as the investigation into an alleged assault against a 20-year-old female OU student continues.

“Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time,” a statement from the OU athletics department read. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, said his understanding was Mixon had not been suspended but was being “held out of activities pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

Sooners coach Bob Stoops did not address the media at Wednesday night’s Sooners Caravan event in Oklahoma City and was not asked about Mixon during a question-and-answer session with fans. Earlier in the day, Stoops declined to take questions from fans about Mixon during a luncheon in Norman.

Norman Police confirmed Monday that Mixon was an “involved party” in the investigation. Mixon was celebrating his 18th birthday when the incident occurred.

Through his attorney, Mixon claims that he acted in self-defense, saying Mixon “instinctually defended himself against further harm.”

Norman Police said Wednesday that the investigation into the assault, which occurred early Friday morning at Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe near the OU campus, would extend into late next week and possibly further.

Police captain Tom Easley said the timeline of late next week was a “best-case scenario.”

Investigators continue to interview witnesses of the incident and have had to weed through false witnesses as well. Easley said a number of people have come forward saying they witnessed the incident but were not at the sandwich shop that night when the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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