Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has officially apologized for punching a woman two years ago.
Mixon provided his thoughts on the matter in a statement to Graham Lee Brewer of the Oklahoman Tuesday:
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. 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.
The incident, which took place on July 25, 2014, before Mixon started his football career at Oklahoma, led to 100 hours of community service and a suspension for the entire 2014-15 season.
“I was not drinking,” the 20-year-old added in his apology. “I have never had a drink in my life.”
Mixon was sued by the victim in July 2016, but two of the three charges were dismissed by a federal judge Monday, according to Nolan Clay of the Oklahoman.
The running back was also suspended for the Sooners’ game against Iowa State earlier this month for an unrelated incident involving a parking attendant.
Mixon has shown great ability on the field, totaling 1,084 rushing yards on 6.9 yards per carry for Oklahoma this season as well as 430 receiving yards on 30 catches. However, his past could cause problems as he looks to play at the next level.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report noted he would be one of the best at his position:
Joe Mixon would be RB2 if he didn't have massive off field issues. https://t.co/wFGA8I1nZf
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 20, 2016
Considering the NFL’s recent troubles with domestic violence, it might be difficult for teams to overlook his past.