Joe Mixon, a former football player for the University of Oklahoma, was involved in a highly publicized incident of assault against Amelia Molitor in 2014. The incident occurred in a restaurant near campus, where Mixon and Molitor got into a verbal altercation, and Molitor allegedly used a racial slur against Mixon. Mixon responded by punching Molitor in the face, causing her to fall and hit her head on a table, resulting in several broken bones in her face.
Mixon was initially charged with misdemeanor assault, but the charge was later upgraded to a felony. In 2017, Mixon entered an Alford plea to the assault charge, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him. He was sentenced to one year of probation, counseling, and community service.
The incident sparked widespread outrage and debate about the culture of violence and misogyny in college football, and the way in which universities and the legal system handle cases of sexual assault and domestic violence. Many criticized the University of Oklahoma and its football program for not taking stronger action against Mixon, who was allowed to continue playing for the team despite the assault charge.
The incident also highlighted the racial dynamics at play, as Mixon, a black athlete, was accused of assaulting a white woman. Some argued that the media coverage and public outrage was fueled by racism and a double standard, as many white male athletes accused of similar offenses have received less scrutiny and punishment.
Despite the controversy surrounding the incident, Mixon was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. He has since played for the team and has been praised for his on-field performance, but the assault incident remains a stain on his record and continues to be a topic of debate and controversy in the world of sports.