RB Mixon settles lawsuit with woman he punched

Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has settled a lawsuit filed by a woman he punched nearly three years ago, the parties said in a joint statement Friday.

The statement said the two spoke in person, and Amelia Molitor's lawsuit has been ''amicably resolved and dismissed.''

Mixon hopes to be selected in the NFL draft next week. He's one of the most talented running backs available, but he could drop in the draft because of the incident. He was not invited to the NFL combine, but he posted excellent numbers on his pro day.

Mixon punched Amelia Molitor in July 2014 and broke bones in her face. He was suspended from the team for a year after the incident. Last season, he set the school record for all-purpose yardage in a season.

Video of the punch was released this past December, and Mixon made a tearful public apology shortly thereafter. He chose to leave school early after a strong performance in a Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn.

Now, he has spoken with Molitor directly.

''I'm thankful Mia and I were able to talk privately,'' Mixon said in the statement. ''I was able to apologize to her one-to-one. The way I reacted that night, that's not me. That's not the way I was raised. I think she understands that.''

Molitor said she appreciated the opportunity to work through the situation with Mixon and said she's ready to move on.

''I greatly appreciate his apology and I think the feelings he expressed were sincere,'' she said. ''We both could have handled things differently. I believe if we had a chance to go back to that moment in time, the situation would not have ended the way it did.''

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