Highly recruited Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday on “a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury,” according to a report published in the Friday edition of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman newspaper.
Mixon, a five-star recruit out of Oakley, Calif., is alleged to have punched a female Oklahoma student in the face, resulting in serious injury. The alleged incident occurred in the early morning on July 25 at a popular local coffee shop in Norman.
Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay, claims his client acted in self defense, according to the Oklahoman report.
The highest-ranked recruit in Oklahoma’s 2014 recruiting class, Mixon was the No. 1 running-back prospect in the country and the No. 8-rated player overall nationally, according to Rivals.com.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said his department is conducting it own internal investigation and will decide Mixon’s future with the university soon. Oklahoma starts fall semester classes on Monday.
Mixon is the second Sooner football player facing disciplinary action prior to the start of the 2014 season. Junior linebacker Frank Shannon was suspended from the football team for one year back in June, but Shannon appealed the suspension and received a stay from a Cleveland County District Court judge in June.
The university suspended Shannon after an internal review found that he was in violation of the school’s sexual misconduct policy. Shannon is alleged to have committed a sexual assault of a young woman back in January.
The University of Oklahoma appealed the district court ruling to the state supreme court, asking the high state court to allow the suspension to go into effect.
The district court ruling has allowed Shannon to continue practicing with the team and remain enrolled in school while the case continues through the legal process.
“It is important to Joe and his family that he continues toward his goal of becoming a successful student-athlete both on and off the field at the University of Oklahoma,” Mixon’s attorney Finlay said in a statement on Friday. “Joe looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name and put this unfortunate situation behind him.”