Court rules Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon assault video is public record

An Oklahoma appeals court ruled that footage of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in the face should be released as public record.
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An Oklahoma appeals court has ruled that footage of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in the face should be released as public record.

The city of Norman originally refused to release the video of the incident, leading to lawsuits by media companies seeking access to the video. But a judge ruled last year that the city did not have to release the video because it was shown to the media. OU president David Boren, athletic director Joe Castiglione and head coach Bob Stoops also viewed the video. 

But on Monday, an appeals court reversed the judge's earlier decision, ruling that the video is public record because it was shown in court. 

Mixon was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season after being charged with assaulting an Oklahoma female student at a restaurant near Oklahoma’s campus.

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According to the police, the woman suffered a fractured jaw, fractured cheek bone, fractured sinus and fractured orbit.

Mixon accepted an "Alford Plea" to the misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury/outraging public decency and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service. The plea allows him to maintain his innocence but also says there is enough evidence to convict him.

Mixon addressed the media ahead of the College Football Playoff but only wanted to answer football-related questions.

Mixon was the Sooners' second leading rusher last season with an average of 6.8 yards per carry. In 2015, he rushed for 753 yards and seven touchdowns.