Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon has finally apologized for striking a woman in the face during an on-campus incident back in 2014 which cost him the entire season.
The running back was charged with a misdemeanor (acts resulting in gross injury) and placed uner one year of probation.
Mixon had never previously addressed the situation due to the advice of his lawyers, but this week he sent a heartfelt statement and apology to The Oklahoman.
Part of Mixon’s statement can be read below, via The Oklahoman:
“For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry.
“I was not drinking; I have never had a drink in my life. At the end of the night, a group of apparently drunk people started harassing us. Some of my teammates were wise enough to leave. I did not, and I am sorry.
“I apologize to Amelia Molitor and the friends who were with her that night. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the University of Oklahoma, and its fans. I apologize to my family and friends. I realize I let a lot of people down. I apologize to all those I disappointed or hurt.”
According to Mixon, racial slurs were being thrown at him before a woman pushed and slapped him.
“I believe that, over time, I can prove that my past mistakes do not represent who I really am,” he added in his statement. “I promise everyone willing to give me the chance that I will work harder and continue to better myself as an individual and community member. I want to be a role model on and off the field.”
Mixon said he will not address the situation further.
Since the incident, Mixon has gone on to emerge as the star running back for the Sooners, totaling 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
In his career, Mixon has carried the ball 270 times for 1,837 yards and 14 scores.
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