Until now Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon and his lawyer have claimed that when he assaulted a young woman outside a restaurant in July he was acting in self defense. On Thursday, police showed surveillance video of the incident to members of the media and it appeared to completely contradict that account.
The encounter between Mixon and Amelia Rae Molitor took place outside a restaurant on July 21 and according to the members of the website Sooner Scoop, Mixon seemed to be the aggressor in the video. The tape does not have audio, but the incident was allegedly started when Mixon used a homosexual slur to one of Molitor’s friends.
Eddie Radesovic of the site recounted what he saw in the video:
Mixon begins to walk away and appears to say something to the male as he starts his exit out of frame. This is when Molitor initiates the physical contact with a two handed push. Mixon barely budges, clinching both fists by his side Mixon now flinches/lunges at her. This is when Molitor strikes Mixon with an open hand across the left side of his neck.
Neither the push or the slap are significant in the least bit. What made the viewing even more uncomfortable – perhaps more than I expected – is the difference in size between Mixon and Molitor.
Following the slap across the left side of his neck (she can barely reach his face), Mixon unloads a violent right handed hook. There’s really not a nice or clean way of saying it. Molitor immediately falls to the floor from the strike, hitting her face on the edge of the table in the process. Mixon immediately bolts out of frame.
The guy that was standing there is still in view and is now joined by two other girls. They help a very, very wobbly Molitor up off the ground. She is bleeding from her nose, refusing the help being offered.
R.J. Young, also of Sooner Scoop, gave his own independent account:
When Mixon looked like he was trying to leave after possibly saying something he shouldn’t have, Molitor, the victim, initiated the physical confrontation with a push into Mixon’s chest, which didn’t seem to move him much.
Mixon followed by lunging at her. Molitor jerked back and slapped Mixon on the chin and neck. She swung with force but didn’t connect flush or enough to make an impact on Mixon.
Immediately following the slap, Mixon leveled a punch violent enough to knock Molitor down so that her head hit the corner of a nearby table. The force of Mixon’s punch caught me off guard — even when I knew it was coming.
After throwing the punch, Mixon fled from the camera’s view and did not reenter it. Molitor is left on the ground and stays down for much longer than a 10-count. She makes it back to her feet on her own but wobbles and has to be helped into a chair.
Molitor suffered several broken bones in her face, including fractures to her jaw, cheek bone, sinus and orbital bone.
Based on those accounts and the injuries Molitor sustained, it’s amazing to me that Mixon is only facing one misdemeanor assault charge. A much smaller girl barely shoved him, so he went after her in a menacing fashion and she seemingly slapped him in self-defense. He then essentially caved in her face with a punch.
It’s no wonder Oklahoma chose to suspend Mixon for the entire season after viewing the video.