Joe Mixon: Footage Of College Football Player Punching Woman Sparks Debate On Twitter

He wanted the tape released. 

Footage of University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in the face was released Friday (Dec. 16), at the request of the 20-year-old college football player, reports Yahoo! News.

The violent altercation was captured on two different surveillance cameras inside a local cafe, during the early morning hours of July 25, 2014.

Mixon was a college freshman at the time and had been celebrating his 18th birthday, prior to the run-in with fellow student, Amelia Molitor, inside Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe. The first recording (which can be seen above) shows Molitor and Mixon exchanging words before she pushes the college athlete, who intern, punches her in the face. Molitor, now 22, suffered fractured bones from the punch.

“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University," Mixon’s attorney, Blake Johnson wrote in a letter. "He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest."

Earlier in the month, the Oklahoma Supreme County ruled that the footage was public record and would therefore be released by the city of Norman, Okla. However the city had not made a decision on releasing footage of which access was given to both Molitor and Mixon. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters sued the city to gain access to the recording under the Open Records Act.

“While Mr. Mixon is not a party to the OAB lawsuit and has not been directed by the Court to make any disclosure, he does not see any reason for the release of the recording at issue in that lawsuit to be delayed any longer,” Johnson added.

“Further delay appears only to be generating unfounded speculation about what is shown in that video. We also see no reason to withhold the second recording we received from Ms. Molitor’s attorneys and so have included it as well.”

Molitor, who is suing Mixon, was reportedly against the tapes being released. However, her attorney, Rust Smith says the graphic videos “speak for themselves.”

Meanwhile, Mixon contests Molitor’s lawsuit claim of intention infliction of emotional distress, and contends that her conduct “contributed in whole or in part to any claimed loss or injuries.”

According to The Oklahoman, Mixon claims Molitor “repeatedly instigated hostile conversations” with him and friends outside the cafe. He also says that Molitor “and/or” those in her group used racial slurs, and that she slapped and spat at him.

Inside the cafe, Mixon claims Molitor motioned for him to approach her table resulting in him making an “aggressive gesture” in response to her actions, before “verbally warning her to leave him alone.”

Smith, denies Mixon’s claims, and asserts that his client was motioning towards people at a nearby table, not the football player.

Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury, and suspended from the football team for a year. He also completed 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior courses, as part of a plea agreement.

While Mixon could potentially sign with NFL, footage of the punch is sparking debate on Twitter.

Peep a second angle of the footage below.

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Former Chicago Cop Jason Van Dyke Sentenced For Killing Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, could end up serving just over three years in prison for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months Friday (Jan. 18), and according to the Chicago Tribune , the former officer is eligible to receive credit for good behavior.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan had to decide between sentencing Van Dyke for second-degree murder or aggravated battery, the latter of which carried a mandatory minimum of six years in prison, the Tribune reports. Gaughan decided that it made more sense to sentence Van Dyke for murder, which makes him eligible for early release.

McDonald was shot to death in 2014. At the time, authorities claimed that the teen was behaving erratically while carrying a small knife. The police department waited 13 months to release video of the shooting. In the footage, McDonald is seen walking away from the cops as Van Dyke opens fire, shooting him 16 times. Van Dyke, a 14-year veteran of the CPD, was arrested and quickly released on bond the day that the video was made public. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and more than a dozen charges of aggravated battery last October.

Darren O'Brien, Van Dyke’s lawyer, pushed for sentencing “leniency,” due in part to his client’s clean criminal record. Depicting O’Brien as the victim, Van Dyke stated that his client feared for his life when he killed McDonald.

“He didn’t start the confrontation,” O’Brien said. “He reacted to what Mr. McDonald did..Everything that happened was set in motion by Mr. McDonald.”

Gaughan called the court case a tragedy for families from both parties. “It’s just so senseless that these acts occur because you can see the pain on both sides. This is a tragedy for both sides."

Van Dyke's sentence came a day after a Cook County judge acquitted three CPD officers charged with covering up the shooting.

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Rep. Maxine Waters meets with CBS Vice President of News and Executive Director of Staff Development and Diversity, Kim Goodwin, and CBS Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, Christopher Isham, on Capitol Hill. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Waters Office)

Maxine Waters Meets With CBS To Discuss Media Diversity And Inclusion

California Rep. Maxine Waters met with CBS' Vice President of News and Executive Director of Staff Development and Diversity to discuss the lack of media diversity and inclusion within the media empire.

Their meeting steemed from the network's recent release of their predominately clear  team for the coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Comprised of 4 white producers, 5 white-passing reporters and 3 journalists of color, though the 2020 campaigns reporting staff does not have any black anchors.

It's Official: The @CBSNews 2020 Election Team has assembled!

— Ben Mitchell (@bfmitchell) January 11, 2019

Waters, like other prominent speakers in the black community, have discussed their reluctance to embrace the staff citing issues with who will tackle the roles that racism will play in elections and the role racism has been playing in the United States. Taking the issues directly to the source, the congresswomen had a discussion with the higher up's to talk redirection.

“The CBS representatives accepted full responsibility and understood the troubling optics-- and subsequent public backlash -- that occurred as a result of the rollout of their 2020 presidential election team. CBS admitted that the initial 2020 campaign team did not reflect the diversity that the company had committed to; assured me that it will not happen again; and revealed that in the coming months they will unveil a more diverse and inclusive slate of African American journalists and journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences,"  Waters said in a press statement.

"They also identified key individuals in Washington, D.C. and New York City, NY whom they have brought onto their team to fulfill this mission and ensure their news organization reflects the diversity of the country and the communities who will most certainly be engaged in the 2020 elections."

The 43rd district representative has vowed to hold CBS accountable for their diversity issues and is dedicated to working alongside her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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