Stoops: Mixon off Soon­ers had punch been in 2016

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NOR­MAN, OKLA. | Ok­la­homa coach Bob Stoops said Wed­nes­day that Joe Mixon would be off the team if he had punched a woman now in­stead of 2 1/2 years ago, when he sus­pended the star run­ning back for a year in a move that has drawn sharp crit­i­cism.

Mixon was sus­pended after punch­ing Ok­la­homa stu­dent Amelia Moli­tor in 2014. Mixon re­turned last year and helped the Soon­ers reach the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off, and he has been a stand­out again this year for No. 7 Ok­la­homa. In re­vers­ing course, Stoops said he be­lieved that the then-18-year-old Mixon could re­deem him­self. He said times have changed, and so­ci­ety now has a no­tol­er­ance pol­icy on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents. He said that’s a good thing.

In video re­leased Tues­day, Mixon sat stone-faced as he, his mother and po­lice of­fi­cers watched footage of him knock­ing out Moli­tor with a punch, break­ing her jaw and cheek­bone, at a lo­cal res­tau­rant.

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