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OU football: Joe Mixon suspended for 2014-15 season

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm •  Published: August 18, 2014

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University of Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon and his attorneys walk into Judge Steve Stice's courtroom in Cleveland County in Norman, Monday August 18, 2014. 
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The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon and his attorneys walk into Judge Steve Stice's courtroom in Cleveland County in Norman, Monday August 18, 2014. Steve Gooch - The Oklahoman

The three declined comment to The Oklahoma Daily as they left.

Mashburn, speaking in a radio interview with WWLS later in the day, said the three met with Mashburn to “make sure they had the whole story.”

At the hearing, Judge Steven Stice ordered neither side to show the surveillance video to anyone not directly involved in the case.

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, asked that the order also include law enforcement.

Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Tyler Box asked for a $1,000 bail, but Stice agreed with Mixon’s attorneys that he should be released on his own recognizance.

“Frankly, your honor, he has never been in a courtroom in his life,” Finlay told Stice during the bail discussion.

Classes at OU began Monday.

Mixon was ordered to have no contact with Molitor.

Mixon, with a pair of stars cut into the hair on the side of his head, spoke just once during the proceeding, quietly answering a question from the judge.

Earlier in the day, Mixon’s attorneys had requested a special arraignment outside of the regularly scheduled 1:30 p.m. misdemeanor arraignments. Stice denied the request.

Before the hearing started, Mixon and his attorneys went to a back room of the courthouse before appearing in front of the judge right at 1:30.

Mixon sat next to his other lawyer, Matt Swain, talking a bit before the proceeding began and fidgeting nervously in his chair.

Mixon has not participated in practice for the Sooners since the incident, which happened a few days before the start of preseason camp.

Mixon’s situation is somewhat comparable to Ryan Broyles’ first year in Norman.

Just before OU’s season opener, Broyles was arrested on a complaint of stealing gasoline.

Broyles, who was expected to contribute immediately, did not play at all in 2007.

He went on to become the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision leader in receptions during four productive seasons with the Sooners.

Broyles, though, was allowed to practice with the team during his absence from games.

Mixon was the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country in the 2014 class by when he committed to the Sooners two days after OU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in January.

He attended OU’s spring game, spending much of the game signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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