A warrant is out for the arrest of 26-year-old Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon for aggravated menacing after allegedly pointing a firearm at a woman at the end of January.
The victim filed a complaint in Ohio’s Hamilton Count, accusing the NFL player of pointing a gun at her. According to the court documents, the woman also alleges the 26-year-old told her, “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you. The police [can’t] get me.”
Despite these claims, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office requested that the aggravated menacing charge against Mixon be dropped. “We need additional investigation before we would move forward with this case,” a prosecutor told county judge Curt Kissinger, per ESPN.
Since Mixon is a high-profile athlete, the department believes the case needs to be thoroughly examined before continuing through the United States legal system.
“Understanding that this particular case possibly involved a ‘high-profile individual,’ supervision from CPD instructed the case investigator to submit the case for a cursory review before any possible charge was filed to ensure completeness of the investigation,” the Cincinnati police said in a statement.
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With this being said, the woman can still refile the claims if need be. The statement explained, “Once all evidence is fully examined, criminal charges can be refiled at a later date.”
Joe Mixon’s criminal activity during his time at the University of Oklahoma
This is also not Mixon’s first run-in with the law. The running back, who formerly played for the University of Oklahoma, reportedly punched classmate Amelia Molitor in the face in 2014 during his time at the school.
In his plea deal, he received probation for a year and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service in addition to cognitive behavioral counseling. He was also suspended from his school’s football team for one season.
In 2016, Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the city of Norman, Oklahoma, should release surveillance footage of the incident. At the time, Mixon’s attorney at the time, Blake Johnson, explained that releasing the footage may help his client leave the interaction in the past.
“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,” Johnson wrote. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”
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