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August 18, 2014

Mixon suspended from OU football program for one year

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President David Boren announced Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has been suspended for the 2014-15 season following an altercation with a female OU student that resulted in Mixon being charged with a misdemeanor.

Mixon is the No. 1-ranked running back for the 2014 class and the jewel of OU's 2014 recruiting class.

Boren said in a statement he accepted the recommendation to suspend Mixon from OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and head coach Bob Stoops.

Mixon will not be allowed to participate in team activities and will be removed from the team roster. "With appropriate conditions," the 5-star recruit will be allowed to continue as a student at OU and is eligible for financial aid.

"As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way," the statement read. "As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for student athletes, coaches and staff."

Mixon was suspended from football-related activities pending the results of the Norman Police Department's investigation just prior to the beginning of OU's preseason football camp.

He was arraigned at the Cleveland County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and waived his right to be formally read the charge against him and pleaded not guilty.

Mixon was charged with acts resulting in gross injury last Friday afternoon.

Judge Steve Stice released Mixon on his own recognizance, though assistant district attorney Tyler Box requested $1,000 bond for Mixon. Mixon's next court date is set for 9 a.m. on Sept. 23 in front of Judge Stice.

The charge stems from Mixon's alleged assault of 20-year-old Amelia Molitor at Pickleman's Gourmet Café on July 25.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Norman Police, Molitor was knocked unconscious by Mixon. She suffered four broken bones
​to her face ​and hematoma on her left eye.

Mashburn looked into pursuing charges for both Molitor and Mixon, but NPD's investigation and Mashburn's understanding of the sequence of events led him to believe the misdemeanor charge was most warranted.

"I believe that this charge really fits because it deals with causing gross injury to a person, and that act was injurious to public morals," he said. "I think under the law that's exactly what we have here and the misdemeanor charge is appropriate."



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