Joe Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season after punching a woman in the face at a bar during the summer before he was set to begin his college football career. Today, over two years after the incident, he apologized.
Mixon released a statement to The Oklahoman, publicly apologizing to Amelia Molitor, the Oklahoma student that he punched back in July 2014.
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, Oklahoma. Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: 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.
In the letter, he cites being away from home for the first time as a reason for his poor judgment that night, and writes that he and his teammates were being harrassed by "apparently drunk people," and that he was subject to racial slurs. That is when he punched Molitor.
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. The situation got tense. Racial slurs were hurled at me. I should have left, but I did not. A woman shoved me. I was upset and I should have left, but I did not. Then, she slapped me, and I reacted poorly
I struck her. It was a bad reaction, one that does not reflect my character or my values. I am sorry.
Molitor sued Mixon this July, but two-thirds of the suit were dismissed by a federal judge this week.
Joe Mixon has rushed for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns for the Sooners this season.