After a court order, surveillance video of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in 2014 went out to media on Friday evening, via Mixon’s attorney. You can watch the video here, via NewsOK. The video is graphic, and SB Nation has chosen not to publish it here.
The video’s release is the latest chapter in a saga that’s been running for two and a half years. Mixon punched the woman in a restaurant in July 2014, months after signing with OU as one of the top running back recruits in the country.
Mixon took a pleading agreement later that year, which allowed him to legally maintain innocence while acknowledging prosecutors had the evidence to convict him of misdemeanor assault. His victim filed a civil lawsuit against him in July.
OU suspended Mixon for the entire 2014 season but reinstated him for 2015, and he’s played the last two years. A full timeline of the Mixon story is here, starting nearly three years ago with his signing by the Sooners.
Oklahoma’s supreme court ruled earlier in December that the surveillance video of Mixon’s punch would be made public. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters sued Norman, its police department, and the Cleveland County district attorney to secure the video’s release, after it had been kept private following its recording.
Oklahoma released this statement, which suggests the school won’t have further disciplinary action resulting from Friday’s release:
Statement from the University of Oklahoma on the Joe Mixon video: pic.twitter.com/T0bbh5p6xq— Spenser Davis (@Davis_Spenser) December 16, 2016
Mixon has eight touchdowns this season and leads Oklahoma with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Oklahoma plays Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
During a media session before Oklahoma’s bowl game last season, Mixon declined to answer questions about his punching the woman. That was on the advice of Mixon’s legal counsel, the school’s athletic director said at the time.