NORMAN, Okla. — Joe Mixon, a polarizing figure in next week’s NFL draft, and the young woman he punched in a sandwich shop three years ago have reached a settlement in her civil lawsuit against him for infliction of emotional distress.
Mixon and Amelia Molitor, in a joint announcement, said they met to discuss the matter and Molitor agreed to withdraw her legal complaint.
Terms of the settlement were not released.
“I am happy we were able to bring the lawsuit to an end,” Molitor said in a statement. “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.”
Her statement continued: “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.”
Mixon’s statement said he was “thankful that Mia and I were able to talk privately. 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.”
Mixon fractured Molitor’s face with a punch at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café in Norman in 2014 after she hit him during a verbal altercation. The incident was captured on video and viewed nationally. Mixon, a nationally recruited high school football player, had been on the campus as a freshman for a short time.
Authorities charged Mixon with a misdemeanor, but later dropped the complaint in a plea deal that included community service and counseling. Molitor then filed her civil lawsuit. Two of her legal claims were dismissed by a judge but a third one remained active.
Mixon, 20, sat out his first football season at Oklahoma, but returned to the team in 2015 and 2016, emerging as one of the nation’s top college running backs. He hopes to be a high draft choice in next week’s NFL draft.
Molitor said she plans to attend graduate school.
“Joe and I agreed we needed to move on from this situation and focus on the future … 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.”
Details for this story were provided by the Norman, Oklahoma, Transcript.