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Joe Mixon settles civil lawsuit arising from 2014 incident

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The criminal charges related to the devastating punch thrown by running back Joe Mixon at the face of a young woman in Oklahoma in July 2014 were resolved months ago. On Friday, the civil claim arising from the incident was settled.

““I am happy we were able to bring the lawsuit to an end,” victim Amelia Molitor said. “Joe and I were able to meet privately, without any attorneys, and talk about our experiences since that night. I am encouraged that we will both be able to move forward from here with our lives. From our private discussions I am satisfied that we are going to put this behind us and work towards helping others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances. I greatly appreciate his apology and I think the feelings he expressed were sincere. 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.”

“I’m thankful Mia and I were able to talk privately,” Mixon said. “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. Talking together helps move us past what happened. I know I have to keep working to be a better person, and this is another step in that direction. I love working with kids, and I’m looking for more chances to do that kind of work. I want to lead a life that inspires them, and I hope I can lead by example from today forward.”

“Going forward, Joe and I agreed we needed to move on from this situation and focus on the future,” Molitor said. “I’m now planning to attend graduate school. I still plan to speak out and support other people, whether on college campuses or elsewhere, who are faced with overcoming difficult circumstances that have attracted intense public scrutiny. I’m finished talking about what happened that night with Joe. It’s time to move on from that. I wish Joe the best of luck in his future.”

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed, which is common when it comes to the resolution of civil cases. In this case, liability wasn’t an issue; the punch happened. The question is whether and to what extent a jury would have awarded significant financial damages to Ms. Molitor, with the primary factors being out-of-pocket expenses (typically, medical bills), pain and suffering, and emotional harm.

For both sides, the question becomes picking a value that both sides can live with, as opposed to rolling the dice on an outcome that one side or the other may have found to be completely unacceptable. Also, there’s value in not going through the stress and acrimony of a trial, and the agony of waiting for the jury to return its verdict. (Of all the things I don’t miss about practicing law, waiting for the jury to knock loudly and firmly on the door to the deliberation room is the thing I miss the least.)

It’s believed that the settlement consisted of a flat, finite sum, with no percentage of Mixon’s future earnings tied to the payment.

The settlement won’t hurt Mixon’s draft stock, which currently is the subject of much speculation and debate. For any team thinking about picking Mixon, that team will now be able to proceed without ever having to worry about a public trial in which Mixon would testify — and during which the video of the punch would be played multiple times, both in court and during any news coverage of the trial and its outcome.

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43 Responses to “Joe Mixon settles civil lawsuit arising from 2014 incident”
  1. dickshotdogs says: Apr 21, 2017 3:38 PM

    “The way I reacted that night, that’s not me.” Yes, it is.

  2. tjacks7 says: Apr 21, 2017 3:38 PM

    I bet she’ll think twice before she physically assaults a grown man again. It’s a shame our society pays these types of people. If I were on the jury, I’d award a big zero dollars to this lady. She wasn’t an innocent victim.

  3. elyasm says: Apr 21, 2017 3:54 PM

    Good. I’m glad that’s all over and done with and we never have to hear about it ever again.

  4. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 21, 2017 3:54 PM

    I would not draft this person. A temper like he has could flare up again. Men who physically assault women are basically cowards. Let him go play in Canada…if they take him. The NFL has to come down hard on these cowardly assaults.

  5. eazeback says: Apr 21, 2017 3:59 PM

    that’s ashamed he has to pay money to someone who was out of line to begin with….smh

  6. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: Apr 21, 2017 4:00 PM

    I agree with tjacks7, although you should NEVER hit a woman, but women shouldnt physically confront a man either. In the heat of the moment this kid of thing can happen.

  7. ad28bestever says: Apr 21, 2017 4:00 PM

    Watch the video people.

    First, it’s 2:40 am, obviously these people were drinking.

    Second, although I don’t condone a man ever putting his hands on a woman, a woman shouldn’t act the way this woman did by pushing Mixon, and grabbing his neck, and expecting absolutely nothing to happen.

    I haven’t even bothered to look up if he was ever accused of anything else prior to, or since then. However, to watch that video and say that he was the only one at fault is pure blindness. He wasn’t right at all for punching her, but she was equally as wrong for provoking him.

  8. phillycheez says: Apr 21, 2017 4:02 PM

    The timing suggests your motives for this “resolution” are motivated by only one thing, and it’s not the purity of your heart.

  9. trophylessvikings says: Apr 21, 2017 4:03 PM

    “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.”
    –No one believes this. You just were handed a bucket of cash. If you had the chance, you would do it all over again for that payday.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Apr 21, 2017 4:06 PM

    Dude is a clown, trying to clean up his image so he can be drafted. He mocked the incident during the bowl game…. real mature. What about the girl he assaulted in highschool?

  11. billtetley53 says: Apr 21, 2017 4:06 PM

    Ok. Now that she has pubically forgiven him, can the rest of you people on your high horses please dismount?

    Its not up to any of us to judge. If she can accept it and move on, surely the rest of you can.

  12. rrhoe says: Apr 21, 2017 4:15 PM

    @billtetley53: I agree 100% but we both know that’s not gonna happen…..

  13. raysfan1 says: Apr 21, 2017 4:18 PM

    After the incident occurred in 2014, Mixon was suspended for a full season and served court ordered community service. He also apologized publicly against his lawyers’ advice. More recently he publicly apologized a second time and stated he hoped to meet with Ms Molitor to apologize in person, which he has now done. Short of inventing a time machine and preventing himself from hitting her, there’s not much more he can do besides continuing on with his life and never committing such an act again. He knows her hitting him first does not excuse his actions. The suit is settled now. She has forgiven him. It’s time for everyone else to do so too unless he does ever hit another woman.

  14. kissbillsrings says: Apr 21, 2017 4:23 PM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Apr 21, 2017 4:06 PM
    Dude is a clown, trying to clean up his image so he can be drafted. He mocked the incident during the bowl game…. real mature. What about the girl he assaulted in high-school
    ——————-
    No he didn’t do that & the high school incident never happened & was retracted before he could be sued for slander

  15. rrhoe says: Apr 21, 2017 4:41 PM

    @raysfan1: Very well said…..

  16. bd233 says: Apr 21, 2017 4:44 PM

    He was 17, it was four years ago, and he hasn’t been in any trouble since. He deserves a second chance.

  17. dregonspengler says: Apr 21, 2017 4:45 PM

    kissbillsrings says:
    No he didn’t do that & the high school incident never happened & was retracted before he could be sued for slander

    That girl’s dad vehemently made strong and specific accusations in public (to what end if they were false? Joe Mixon had no money at the time).
    Then, before the draft, the dad suddenly does a 180 and “the kid is welcome in his house any time?”
    You have no idea whether it happened or not — and neither do I.
    However, if you can speculate that it “never happened,” then it’s fair for others to speculate that maybe somebody conveniently and abruptly changed his mind for reasons other than truth ($$$).

  18. golions1 says: Apr 21, 2017 4:46 PM

    Even though the statements they gave were probably prepared ahead of time, maybe by their lawyers, they were polished statements and this was done well.

  19. skinsdiehard says: Apr 21, 2017 4:48 PM

    Some of you are crazy.

    Whether a woman pushes, slaps or grabs a man, that man should not punch her in the face. Sorry.

    He can restrain her, hold her or keep her back. No punches. Inexcusable.

  20. QB Film Room says: Apr 21, 2017 4:49 PM

    Nice timing

  21. onermedboxer says: Apr 21, 2017 4:54 PM

    Imagine breaking a girl’s face with a punch and not going to jail for it. He totally learned his lesson

  22. heymister24 says: Apr 21, 2017 5:03 PM

    medical…$150K
    mental…$150K
    emotional…$150K
    grad skool…$150K

  23. mickmars says: Apr 21, 2017 5:10 PM

    Quick question to everybody taking this guy’s side. If it was your daughters face he pushed his fist through, would you still feel that way? I’ve been around for 53 years now,and married for 29 of them, and I’ve yet to see or feel legitimate reason for beating up a woman,I don’t care how much they piss you off.And Lord knows they can. (That’s why inanimate objects are near you at all times.)

  24. immafubared says: Apr 21, 2017 5:19 PM

    Y everything is fine now that large sum s of money’s were promised.

  25. elyasm says: Apr 21, 2017 5:27 PM

    We are all equal under the law. Don’t hit someone if you aren’t prepared for them to hit back. Using your gender as an excuse to use violence without any fear of reprisal is the tactic of a coward, a bully and a hypocrite.

    ‘Do unto other as you would have them do unto you’ is not a difficult concept.

  26. oreo51 says: Apr 21, 2017 5:27 PM

    … and in Seattle today a 17 year old female cracked a police officer over the head with a bottle as the officer attempted to subdue her boy friend who had just held up a 7-11 store with a gun. Two officers were shot. Liberals will tell us we should hold her with gentle arms.

  27. JustJim says: Apr 21, 2017 5:28 PM

    mickmars says:
    Apr 21, 2017 5:10 PM
    Quick question to everybody taking this guy’s side. If it was your daughters face he pushed his fist through, would you still feel that way? I’ve been around for 53 years now,and married for 29 of them, and I’ve yet to see or feel legitimate reason for beating up a woman,I don’t care how much they piss you off.And Lord knows they can. (That’s why inanimate objects are near you at all times.)
    ———————————————————
    I’ve told my daughters many times, NEVER stand up in defense unless you are prepared to handle the consequences. If you place your hands on a person out of drunken foolishness then be prepared to face the consequences. That kid made a huge mistake, I agree it is never right for a man to lay his hands on a woman. BUT you have to forgive, forget and move on. He deserves a second chance yes, buy another chance beyond that, NO !

  28. LakefrontLegend says: Apr 21, 2017 5:46 PM

    Good, two young adults getting past an ugly incident and using the lessons learned to better themselves going forward.

    If Ms. Molitor can move forward, so can you all.

  29. horsepedlr says: Apr 21, 2017 5:53 PM

    by his own words on pft live, this started outside and he followed her inside and continued the harassment. the punch dropped her in her tracks. he should have been in jail for assault.

  30. charliecharger says: Apr 21, 2017 6:05 PM

    Hopefully this financial reward won’t lead to more women attacking men. So much for the equal rights movement. This just set women back a few decades.

  31. billtetley53 says: Apr 21, 2017 6:06 PM

    Im not taking his side. All I said is she had pubically forgiven him. What happened is between them. None of us have any say in it. If the person that took the punch has moved on, why cant the rest of you?

    As for the dude talking about a high school incident. You have the web at your fingertips, there is no excuse not to know that the principal of the school said no such incident happened.(I suppose he got $$ too huh?)

    She moved on, why cant you? Just sit patiently by and wait for the next person to crucify, its all you know to do.

  32. mypercyhurts2 says: Apr 21, 2017 6:17 PM

    elyasm says:
    Apr 21, 2017 5:27 PM

    ‘Do unto other as you would have them do unto you’ is not a difficult concept.
    —————————————-

    It’s a horrible concept. What makes you think they want you to do ANYTHING unto them, let alone what YOU want? The saying needs to be, “Do NOT do unto others as you would NOT want done unto you.”. That certainly fits this situation better.

  33. mikechris28 says: Apr 21, 2017 6:26 PM

    I do not condone his actions, however, he does not deserve to have his life ruined over one mistake. I hope the jags pick him up and give him that opportunity. Liberals and their high houses smh

  34. dawoger says: Apr 21, 2017 6:28 PM

    If you think the video of Mixon knock her cold is brutal, can you imagine the reaction you would have had if there was video of AP taking a stick to his son? Yet there wasn’t near the outrage for AP’s despicable act as there has been for Mixon’s. I’ll guarantee you AP’s son didn’t shove and grab him first. To all you AP defenders, and there are many of you, especially in minisoda, how different would you feel toward AP had the child he whipped till they bled been a girl instead of a boy?

    If there was a video, AP is the one who would be doing 5-10 for felonious assault.

  35. mazenblue says: Apr 21, 2017 6:47 PM

    Ya’ll mean he deserves a fourth chance. Its clear who supports this man’s actions and its clear who doesnt. Joe Mixon is not a victim. Joe Mixon had not a scratch on him. You “grown men” are actually ,scared little cowardly women beaters.

  36. kamthechancellor says: Apr 21, 2017 7:10 PM

    Love all the internet tough “guys” that think it’s OK to hit women. Never…not once…not under any circumstances is it OK. Quit looking for loopholes.

  37. billtetley53 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:29 PM

    Dawoger. And if there were video of Ahman Green beating his wife, not once but 2x, hed be in jail too. Yet you packer dweebs cheered him on, didnt you? Nothing like being a hypocrite, but , thats you and your fanbase in a nutshell.

    If the packers draft Mixon, you will be 1st in line to say he paid his debt and molitor forgave him.

  38. racistchecker says: Apr 21, 2017 7:29 PM

    I think it’s good she admitted some responsibility in the situation. She reacted in an immature manner which escalated the event. Usually, women’s behavior is totally excused when, in fact, they initiate a lot of fires that could otherwise be easily put out with a little maturity and restraint. Having said that, she deserves a settlement because the physical damage done by Mixon was far more than was needed for him to defend himself. Mixon didn’t kill or rape anyone; he just made a terrible decision that he hopefully learns from, which it looks like he has. Now hopefully people can leave this alone and let him make a living at what he does best.

  39. grizzly224 says: Apr 21, 2017 8:05 PM

    For all you people against Mixon, where is your outrage over Tyreek Hill or Ezekiel Elliot. Both accused of hitting a woman. Only thing missing is the video.

  40. ak185 says: Apr 21, 2017 8:48 PM

    She made her decision. He made his. She got paid. He chose poorly, and so did she, but only one person is being held accountable. Stop assigning moral responsibility to him for her to make good choices.

    And for the comment that comes up every time this happens…if that were my wife or daughter or sister, I would be pissed. Yes, duh, of course I would be pissed. But my being pissed does not change whether or not her actions were excusable. If my daughter hit a girl twice and then got knocked out, I would be very angry with her for instigating someone else, and even though I would be angry at the other girl, I actually think I have enough sense of responsibility to know that my daughter hitting her first was wrong and that, despite my rage, I would defend my daughter doing the same. And I can’t justify treating a person differently from a moral perspective just because of their gender.

  41. dedxx says: Apr 21, 2017 8:55 PM

    It’s funny how much run this drama gets. Somebody put their hands on someone and the other one retaliated. Boom bung done. People need to get this macho outdated never hit a woman crap out of their heads. A woman isn’t a fragile little snowflake that can do whatever she wants when she wants and hide behind this idiotic idea. If a woman goes at man like a man she should be and expect to be treated like a man. My words will get folks panties in a knot, but my point being…a assault is an assault no matter what the sex of the parties involved is and you should not put your hands on ANYBODY regardless of their sex. You can live in your backasswords ways, but in this situation both Mixon and the female are equally wrong and both should take a ride with local authorities just the same. You could make the argument that he went excessive, but drunk chick should not of went double first to Nixon’s chest instigating him to dot her eye. Wrong is wrong little snowflakes no matter how you slice it.

  42. dickshotdogs says: Apr 21, 2017 9:08 PM

    I was pissed about Hill and Elliot.

  43. mnfaninil says: Apr 21, 2017 10:50 PM

    This happened 3 years ago, both parties have put it to rest, this incident should not affect the rest of his life. I’ve had a girlfriend slap and hit me because I opened the door for another girl. While I didn’t retaliate, there is absolutely no recourse against a female for that type of action, yet any physical response from a male can affect the rest of his life. Two sides to every story; my point is don’t crucify someone for one mistake or make the assumption someone can’t change. He took counseling, he has expressed remorse, he was suspended for a year of college football, his draft stock is affected, he settled the civil suit and reconciled with Ameilia and has and continues to do community service. Let the man move on.

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