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OU freshman RB Joe Mixon charged with one misdemeanor count

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014

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Mashburn said the video was critical to the decision to charge.

“No one there — no one there — remembered it exactly as it happened,” Mashburn said. “And that’s typical. In many cases that we have, if you have 10 witnesses, they all have 10 different versions because their vantage point is different and all that. It went a long way to cut through that and say, ‘I know they didn’t see that because that obviously didn’t happen,’ and you’re able to weed through what happened.”

Mashburn said the video would not be released now, citing it as a key piece of evidence if the case goes to trial. He said the tape would likely be released if a trial was avoided.

Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, said in a statement he was “disappointed” that Molitor was not charged and said he disagreed with the decision to charge Mixon.

“As we have maintained from the beginning, it is our belief that Joe reacted instinctively after being racially slurred and physically assaulted by a highly intoxicated young woman and her male friend,” Finlay said. “Justice knows no gender bias and we do not believe that Joe’s actions were criminal in nature.”

Mashburn said some witnesses said racial slurs were used while some said they weren’t. There was no audio recording with the surveillance video inside the restaurant.

Mixon, a five-star recruit from Oakley, Calif., committed to the Sooners a few days after their win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

He was the Sooners’ highest-profile running back recruit since Adrian Peterson and came to Norman with similar expectations.

Now, his status with the Sooners is in doubt and he might never suit up.

Mixon’s charge comes as Oklahoma football is in the midst of plenty of other uncertainty.

Linebacker Frank Shannon is fighting a year-long suspension from the school stemming from a Title IX sexual assault investigation. Shannon was never charged with a crime but was suspended after the Title IX investigation by the school.

Earlier this week, OU filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to try to lift a stay on the suspension that has allowed Shannon to remain enrolled in school and a member of the football team.

The Sooners are also waiting to hear back on eligibility waivers for two players — wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri earlier this year after he allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed a woman down several stairs.

Green-Beckham was never charged in the incident, and Oklahoma’s waiver to have him declared immediately eligible is based on the NCAA’s “run-off” rule for players who are dismissed from programs through no fault of their own.

Green-Beckham was twice arrested for marijuana-related charges during his time at Missouri.

Mayfield’s case is the only one not involving alleged wrongdoing. The walk-on became Texas Tech’s starting quarterback last season, but left the school to walk on in Norman after last season. Because he was not released by Texas Tech, he must sit out a season before suiting up for the Sooners. OU is appealing to have him eligible immediately.

The Sooners begin their season Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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