After reports of an assault Friday night, University of Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is suspended from all football-related activities until further notice.
Mixon was allegedly involved in an altercation at a local sandwich shop. Of course, this happens on college campuses, and often with athletes who think they’re invincible and above the law. Mixon’s case however, seems to be spectacularly stupid to the highest degree.
Reports allege Mixon was in the deli at 2:40 a.m., and after a verbal exchange, punched Amelia Rae Molitor in the face so hard that she was unconscious for approximately 20 seconds. There were no arrests made, as police say the investigation is ongoing. However, if everyone can be honest with themselves — he’s a football player at Oklahoma. Come on.
The university made a great call here. It remains to be seen whether the assault actually happened as reported, but what is certain is that Mixon was involved in an altercation at a deli past 2:00 a.m. It does not matter how fast you can run the 40 or how many yards you can run for — there is simply nothing going on at a deli at 2 a.m. that isn’t trouble.
It’s important to note that the university can suspend Mixon for pretty much anything they darned well please. They’re not a law-enforcement agency and he is a student, and as a student, he is subject to a code of conduct. It’s hard to imagine an NCAA coach being OK with their players being out and about that late at night during training camp. That alone warrants suspension. Not to mention, the negative attention drawn to the team.
In the event the allegations of knocking a woman unconscious with his fist are proven to be true, Mixon needs to be packing his bags. There’s simply no other action the university can take. Especially in the midst of the Ray Rice debacle. It’ll likely be a moot point because he will be in the slammer should that happen.
Kudos to Oklahoma for acting relatively swiftly and setting an example that no matter what, players don’t belong in situations like that. As far as the assault goes, should Mixon be guilty — prepare for a lot of books to be thrown.