Video of University of Oklahoma football player Joe Mixon punching a woman in the face has been made public.
Mixon's attorneys released the 2014 surveillance video on Friday, ESPN said. The footage from a restaurant near Oklahoma's campus shows the Sooners star running back punching female Oklahoma student, Amelia Molitor. The incident led to his suspension at the time.
Warning: The video contains graphic violence and may be inappropriate for some viewers.
It was posted on YouTube:
The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters had sued to obtain the video, ESPN said, and The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the release of a video last week. The video hadn't been released yet because the city of Norman got 20 days to either make it public or file an appeal.
"He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest."
But according to a letter from his attorney J. Blake Johnson, Mixon "does not see any reason for the release of the recording at issue in that lawsuit to be delayed any longer."
The letter also states that because the video doesn't contain audio, it doesn't provide "a complete account of what occurred," and that Mixon is sorry.
"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. He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest," Johnson wrote.
Molitor sustained multiple injuries from the altercation, USA Today says, including a broken jaw and cheekbone. Mixon agreed to a plea deal and received a year’s probation, 100 hours of community service, and cognitive behavior counseling, according to the Washington Post. He was also suspended for his freshman season.
Oklahoma plays Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 - the game is expected to be Mixon's last before he enters the NFL draft, USA Today noted.
The University released a statement Friday following the release of the video:
"University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon. Based on that information, the university immediately suspended and removed Mr. Mixon from the football team for one year, during which high standards of conduct were expected and maintained. It was made clear to Mr. Mixon at the time of his suspension that violence against women will not go unpunished at the university. Coach (Bob) Stoops has been proactive in presenting training for his team aimed at preventing such behavior in the future. Sensitivity training in the area of violence has been intensified and best practices will continue to be implemented. Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes. We are an educational institution where we hope young people will learn from their mistakes and chart a better future course."