Oklahoma's Joe Mixon tearfully apologizes for punching woman

Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon apologized on Friday for punching a woman who fell toward a table and broke multiple bones in her face.

Mixon opened his press conference by directly apologizing to Molitor, over 2.5 years after the incident occurred in 2014.

This was the first time ever that Mixon has made himself available to the media but said he wanted to apologize to Molitor and her family in person several times.

He is scheduled to take questions about the video his attorneys released showing him punching Molitor in 2014. He didn't want to wait so long but "at the same time, I was advised to keep my mouth closed and now I'm here to this day still trying to apologize".

"I disappointed her", Mixon said. During a police interview shortly after the incident, Mixon told police that Molitor had not used a racial slur toward him but that another member of her group had. "Like I said, I'm here to apologize to everyone who was affected by it". I let a a lot of people down.

Stoops said Wednesday that Mixon would be off the team if he had punched a woman now. And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that's when she came in my face, pushed me, and then my glasses came off, and then, like, I had, like, jumped at her, like, to watch out.

"Hopefully that message goes down even to the high school level that these things are just unacceptable to any degree and there's no recovering, I guess.it never has been acceptable. You mean everything to me", he said. "It's never okay to hit a woman".

Mixon says that after his teammates and coaches forgave him, he made a decision to stay with the University of Oklahoma's football program. She's my queen, I apologize to you, mom.

"I don't drink. I don't smoke", Mixon said.

Molitor filed a civil suit in federal court two years after the altercation, accusing Mixon of intention to inflict emotional distress, willful and wanton misconduct and negligence.

"Dismissal is really the only thing that is possible. I was young. Right now, I'm 20 years old", Mixon said.

Yet Mixon remains on Oklahoma's team, with Stoops saying he might make a decision on Mixon's future...after the team takes on Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Mixon, who is eligible to leave for the National Football League draft, said he has not decided if he will do so yet.