The years-long Joe Mixon saga is back in the news, months after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that "the video recording of University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching a woman in a Norman restaurant must be released for public viewing."
Mixon is now an NFL draft pick, going in the second round to Cincinnati. He's one of the year's top running back prospects.
Mixon was arrested and charged for punching a woman in the face at a cafe, breaking four bones in her face, in July 2014, before his freshman season with the Sooners began. He entered an Alford plea, maintaining his innocence but recognizing the evidence against him, and received a deferred sentence. He was also suspended for his entire freshman season, but he was allowed to remain in school.
Here's a look at the full timeline of the situation.
February 5, 2014
Five-star RB Mixon signs with Oklahoma. He's considered the No. 1 all-purpose back and the No. 21 overall player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite ratings.
July 25, 2014
Mixon punches a woman in the face. The woman alleges that he severely injured her face. She speaks to NewsOK the day after the incident:
Molitor said she had never seen Mixon before he punched her in the face, breaking four bones. She said Mixon was "harassing" her and some of her friends at Pickleman's before the incident.
"He punched me one time," she said. "He broke my face in four places ... my nose, my sinuses ... they're broken."
Molitor, who spoke confidently over the protests of her mother, said she plans to take legal action against Mixon, and added that she fears the wrath of OU fans.
"That's my big fear (the fans)," Molitor said. "I've been told to stay off of social media to avoid (OU fans) coming after me on there."
Mixon's attorney says Mixon is "definitely looking forward to the truth coming out."
July 28, 2014
Police have begun investigating, but do not yet press charges. The police report states the following:
The facts of the incident as reported to police describe an altercation between Amelia Rae Molitor, age 20 of Norman, and Joe Mixon that turned physical and concluded with Molitor sustaining injuries to her face.
While there is a video of the incident, police choose not to release it.
August 15, 2014
At the conclusion of the investigation, Mixon is officially charged with misdemeanor assault.
August 19, 2014
Mixon is suspended for the entire 2014 season by Oklahoma. He is able to take classes and keep his financial aid, but not take part in any team activities.
Here is the full statement from Oklahoma:
Official Statement of The University of Oklahoma: pic.twitter.com/im5K96GnCE— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 18, 2014
September 4, 2014
Norman police still don't release the video, but they do stage a viewing of it. NewsOK writes that it looks like the victim, who is not charged, pushes and slaps Mixon. Then he punches her and knocks her to the ground:
After a brief discussion, Mixon looks as if he's going to walk away, but looks like he says something as he turns. Molitor then pushes Mixon, setting off a quick series of events that were over in three seconds. Mixon reacts to the push by lunging at Molitor with a closed fist at his side. She reacts by slapping Mixon near where his jaw and neck meet on his left side.
Then the punch.
Mixon lands a devastating right hook that knocks Molitor off her feet. First she hits the table on her left ear, then falls to the ground, where she lays still.
October 30, 2014
Mixon reaches an Alford plea deal, which means he is allowed to maintain his innocence while also admitting that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict. He receives a one-year deferred sentence, 100 hours of community service and mandated behavioral counseling.
October 31, 2014
Norman police tweet, and delete, this about the incident:
Norman Police Department's official Twitter account, on Joe Mixon in a since-deleted tweet. Wow. pic.twitter.com/sllQSYlN01— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) October 31, 2014
November 3, 2014
The City of Norman chooses not to release the Mixon video despite numerous open records requests for it.
February 4, 2015
Mixon is reinstated by Oklahoma's football team.
February 20, 2015
A county judge rules that the City of Norman does not have to release the video. The judge rules that since there is no arrest shown in the video, it does not have to be released under open records laws. The city has been sued by a number of media organizations for not complying with their open records requests.
September 5, 2015
Mixon plays in his first college football game, as a redshirt freshman. He records five carries for 27 yards in a 41-3 win over Akron.
December 29, 2015
Mixon plays the entire 2015 season for Oklahoma after his reinstatement, but he never meets with the media. However, due to Orange Bowl rules, he is made available to the media leading up to the Sooners' College Football Playoff matchup against Clemson.
Mixon refuses to answer any questions about the incident, at the advice of his legal counsel.
Mixon, when asked if he thinks he's alienated female fans. "Next question."— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 29, 2015
Asked Mixon if he feels sorry about what happened. "I won't answer that." pic.twitter.com/lHVCIkWDYz— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 29, 2015
January 31, 2015
Mixon rushes for four yards on three carries in a College Football Playoff loss to Clemson. He finishes the season with 753 yards and seven touchdowns.
February 22, 2016
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals rules that the district court's reasoning in deciding not to release the video is incorrect. Now, according to NewsOK, the district court has to determine whether the video can be released on the grounds that the "public's interest in the surveillance video outweighs the reason for denying access to it."
There is still no decision regarding whether the video will ultimately be released.
July 25, 2016
Molitor files a civil suit against Mixon in California, alleging negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and also pursues punitive damages.
December 6, 2016
Mixon has now played in 24 career games for the Sooners, leading the team in rushing in 2016.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that the video recording of University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching a woman in a Norman restaurant must be released for public viewing.
The state's highest court issued the ruling Tuesday in a case brought by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters against the city of Norman, the Norman Police Department and the Cleveland County District Attorney.
It's unclear, however, if the video will be immediately released. One Norman city official said an appeal for a re-hearing of the ruling remains possible, which could delay release of the video until at least January 2017.
January 3, 2017
Mixon plays in the Sugar Bowl against Auburn and rushes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. During the game, the first since the tape's release, Auburn fans chanted "He hits women!" at Oklahoma's offense.
February 4, 2017
April 20, 2017
NFL.com reports that Mixon is completely off of "no lower than six" teams' draft boards.
"Off the board. Our guys went and talked to him. They said he was really good. Doesn't drink, doesn't smoke. Just made a mistake when he was 18 and is paying for it," an NFC executive said.
"He will not be on my board. Impulsive violence against a defenseless woman. I believe in forgiveness, but this is not a matter of forgiveness. It's natural consequences for an action. I wish him well," added an AFC executive.
Some NFL executives have mixed feelings.
"I really think without the incident he's a top-five pick," one NFC executive told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn. "He's probably going to go late first to mid-second. This guy's just too talented."
"I did a lot of (expletive) when I was 18 that I'm not proud of, but I never knocked out a girl," an AFC executive said. "That's just such a hot-button issue. I'm hearing too many things. Where there's smoke, there's fire."
April 21, 2017
Mixon reached a settlement for the civil suit filed by the woman. The two said they met privately.
Joint statement from Joe Mixon/Mia Molitor. The two reached a settlement Friday on Molitor’s civil suit. pic.twitter.com/eD0SO3TziD— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) April 21, 2017
April 24, 2017
Not only do the Eagles still have Mixon -- who was video taped punching a woman in 2014 -- on their board, but they are very interested in him, have been doing extensive research into him off-the-field and would be willing to draft him.
Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas also spoke very highly of Mixon last week.
"A lot of people think that he is one of the top backs in this draft," Douglas said. "So if you take character out of the equation, physically he is a very good player. But most teams aren't doing that."