Video: Joe Mixon says he punched woman as reaction after it 'felt like a dude hit me'
During an interview with police, which has now been released, Mixon explains the incident in detail
The two-year-old video of Joe Mixon punching Amelia Molitor was finally released on Dec. 16. And now there's video of Mixon explaining the situation through his own words to police investigators.
In short, the video doesn't help his case as it differs in some areas from previous assertions made by those who represented him. It also paints a picture in which he had multiple opportunities to walk away.
Specifically, Mixon shines light on a previous statement by his attorney, Kevin Finlay, who said Mixon was"racially slurred" by Molitor. (Molitor's representation has disputed this narrative.) Per Mixon's interrogation video, which came three days after the incident, it was only Molitor's friend who used racial slur "about" him, to which Mixon replied with a homophobic remark.
Via The Oklahoman:
"The gay dude ... he called me something," Mixon said in the video. "He was like (slur). So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a (slur). And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that's when she came in my face, pushed me, and then my glasses came off, and then, like, I had, like, jumped at her, like, to watch out. And then she came in my face. I put my head down. And she swung on me.
Mixon also claims Molitor's slap "felt like a dude hit me."
"I was so shocked, because she hit me so hard," Mixon said. "It felt like a dude hit me. And after that, like, my face went boom, my reaction was just right there."
According to testimonials, both parties agreed the altercation happened outside Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe in July 2014, though exactly who started it remains a he-said, she-said difference.
Either way, Mixon followed Molitor into the restaurant where the conversation ensued. "We had no problem with her, she was just being disrespectful," Mixon said.
Surveillance video showed Mixon and Molitor exchanging words with Molitor's friend facing away from Mixon. At that point, presumably when Mixon and Molitor's friend exchanged slurs, Molitor pushed Mixon. Mixon then retaliated by making a threatening, lunging motion toward Molitor, who responded by slapping Mixon. Mixon then punched Molitor, who fell to the ground. He quickly left the establishment. Molitor suffered fractured bones in her face ...
"I just felt, I was like ... what I got myself into?" Mixon said. "And then once I left, I mean, I felt bad. Even though she hit me and it hurt, I mean, it was just like the fact that you know me, you know, being out of character and, you know, putting myself into certain situation. I just started thinking about the future and everything else."
Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor of acts resulting in gross injury. He was placed on probation and ordered to complete community service while he served a one-season suspension which resulted in a redshirt. Molitor was not charged.
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