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OU football: Joe Mixon tape shows freshman running back punch female after she pushed, slapped him

JOE MIXON TAPE — About 40 members of the media watched surveillance video of the confrontation between Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon and a 20-year-old female OU student. Here is what the video showed.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm •  Published: September 4, 2014

photo - Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon leaves Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, after being arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Norman Transcript, Jay Chilton)
Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon leaves Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, after being arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Norman Transcript, Jay Chilton)

— Twelve seconds into the clip, bent over with her arms on the table in front of her, Amelia Rae Molitor motions someone closer.

Twenty-one seconds later, Molitor lay motionless on the floor of Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe after taking a single punch to her left jaw, and Joe Mixon, the 18-year-old Oklahoma freshman running back who delivered it, walked out of the shot and into a whirlwind of uncertainty.

The nearly three-minute long silent surveillance tape from inside the eatery was played Thursday morning for a group of around 40 media members after multiple outlets requested the footage through an open-records request.

Police refused to release copies of the video — at least until Nov. 1, when the state’s open records laws change to explicitly say that copies must be provided — but staged a showing of the footage at the Norman Investigations Center.

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Mixon has been charged with acts resulting in gross injury, a misdemeanor. Molitor, a 20-year-old OU student, was not charged in the July 25 incident, which left her with fractures of her jaw, cheek bone, sinus and orbital bone.

The restaurant — a sandwich shop and pizzeria just north of OU’s campus — stays open until 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, catering to the crowds of mainly college students emptying out of nearby bars in the early hours.

On this early Friday morning, the eatery is nearly void of activity in view of the camera as the clip starts.

None of the other tables in sight of the camera is occupied when Molitor comes up with a friend at her side and leans over facing the camera to talk to people sitting on the other side of the table.

When she motions someone over, Mixon walks into the frame near the counter.

Wearing sunglasses propped on his forehead, a lanyard around his neck and a T-shirt, Mixon appears calm as his night out celebrating his 18th birthday is two-plus hours into overtime.

After a brief discussion, Mixon looks as if he’s going to walk away, but looks like he says something as he turns. Molitor then pushes Mixon, setting off a quick series of events that were over in three seconds. Mixon reacts to the push by lunging at Molitor with a closed fist at his side. She reacts by slapping Mixon near where his jaw and neck meet on his left side.

Then the punch.

Mixon lands a devastating right hook that knocks Molitor off her feet. First she hits the table on her left ear, then falls to the ground, where she lays still.

Mixon walks out of the frame toward the front of the restaurant and is not seen again.

After about 35 seconds, Molitor manages to stand up and tries to steady her feet but staggers, eventually sitting down in the chair she stood next to a minute before.

Onlookers grab napkins as she holds them up to her face. A little more than two minutes after the blow connected, Molitor stands up and walks toward the front of the restaurant and out of view of the camera.

The footage shown Thursday is the same video watched by OU President David Boren, athletic director Joe Castiglione and football coach Bob Stoops in the office of Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn on Aug. 18.

Norman Police investigated the incident for three weeks before turning over their finding to Mashburn, who decided to charge Mixon with the misdemeanor.

Hours after watching the video and shortly after Mixon appeared in court and pleaded not guilty, Stoops and Castiglione issued a joint statement announcing that Boren had accepted their recommendation to suspend Mixon from the team for the season.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Despite his suspension, Mixon has remained in close contact with the football program. He attended a practice open to OU students and afterward was seen walking with a member of the football department. Tuesday, Mixon was at OU’s practice for at least some of the session.

Six weeks ago, Mixon was thought to have a chance to be a quick star for the Sooners.

A day before the incident, Sooner running backs coach Cale Gundy praised Mixon’s attitude through summer workouts. Earlier that week, Stoops had said Mixon had a chance to be the starter.

But in 33 seconds, everything changed.


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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