NORMAN, Okla. -- A television station in Oklahoma City is reporting that Joe Mixon, the University of Oklahoma running back from Freedom High School in Oakley, will have one misdemeanor charge filed against him for an incident in which he was accused of hitting a woman.
According to koco.com, the Cleveland County, Okla., district attorney's office will charge Mixon with one count of an act resulting in gross injury, which is a misdemeanor charge in Oklahoma.
Authorities say Mixon was involved in an incident at Pickleman's Cafe on July 25. One of the top recruits in East Bay history, the freshman running back was accused of hitting a woman who said she had broken bones in her face as a result of the incident.
The TV station said Mixon's attorney, Kevin J. Finlay, asked that charges be filed against the woman, but it was unclear if that has happened.
"As we have maintained from the beginning, it is our belief that Joe reacted instinctively after being racially slurred and physically assaulted by a highly intoxicated young woman and her male friend," Finlay, an attorney in Norman, Okla., said in an e-mail to this newspaper and several other news organizations. " We strongly disagree with the series of events as portrayed by Norman PD. Justice knows no gender bias and we do not believe that Joe's actions were criminal in nature.
"We are also disappointed that it appears that no assault and battery charges will be filed against the young woman for her actions on the morning of July 25th."
Mixon hasn't attended team activities at Oklahoma since the incident happened, koco.com said. The university had no comment on the charges as of early Friday afternoon, the TV station said, adding that a statement may be released later in the day by Oklahoma.
Finlay's e-mail said Mixon is hoping to continue as a student and an athlete at Oklahoma.