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Menacing charge against Bengals’ Mixon is dismissed


Bengals running back Joe Mixon no longer faces a misdemeano­r charge of aggravated menacing over allegation­s that he threatened and pointed a gun at a woman in Cincinnati.

A Friday order dismissing the case in Hamilton County Municipal Court said only that the city prosecutor’s office requested the dismissal “in the interest of justice.”

A warrant for Mixon was issued Thursday. A police officer’s accompanyi­ng affidavit alleged that the 26-year-old pointed a firearm and told the victim: “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you, the police (can’t) get me.”

It said the altercatio­n happened a few blocks from the Bengals’ stadium on Jan. 21 — the day before Cincinnati beat the Buffalo Bills in a divisional-round playoff game — but included no other details about the circumstan­ces.

“I really feel that police have an obligation before they file charges — because of the damage that can be done to the person’s reputation — to do their work,” said Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer.

A statement from the Bengals said the team was investigat­ing the situation and not commenting further on the charge or its dismissal.

Mixon was a second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2017. Several teams said they passed on him because of concerns about his character after Mixon punched a female

Oklahoma student in the face in 2014.

He was suspended from the football team for a year and entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledg­es there is enough evidence for a conviction. He received a deferred sentence and was ordered to perform community service and undergo counseling.

n BRONCOS: The Denver Broncos officially named Sean Payton the 20th head coach in franchise history Friday, 40 days after firing rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett.

The Broncos reached an agreement earlier this week to compensate the New Orleans Saints, who had Payton under contract for two more years.

A person familiar with the negotiatio­ns told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Saints would receive the Broncos’ first-round selection, No. 29 overall, in this year’s draft and a 2022 second-rounder and the Broncos would receive New Orleans’ third-round selection next year.

Payton, 59, will be formally introduced Monday at team headquarte­rs. He has already been busy interviewi­ng candidates for his coaching staff.

Payton, who worked in broadcasti­ng this season after stepping down from the Saints when Drew Brees retired, went 152-89 in 15 seasons with New Orleans and 9-8 in the playoffs. He led the Saints to a 31-17 win over the Indianapol­is Colts in the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.

 ?? AP file photo ?? Bengals running back Joe Mixon had been accused of pointing a gun at a woman in Cincinnati on Jan. 21.
AP file photo Bengals running back Joe Mixon had been accused of pointing a gun at a woman in Cincinnati on Jan. 21.

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