Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been issued an arrest warrant on a count of aggravated menacing. Here’s everything you need to know.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been issued an arrest warrant. The 2017 second-round draft pick is being accused of one count of aggravated menacing, as first reported by Mike Renner of PFF.
This news comes less than a week after the Bengals and Mixon were eliminated from the playoffs in the AFC Championship Game, one win shy of the Super Bowl.
As this story develops, here’s everything you need to know about the Joe Mixon arrest warrant and the situation.
Joe Mixon arrest warrant issued on count of aggravated menacing
According to reports, the arrest warrant was issued after an incident in downtown Cincinnati. Mixon allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at a woman, saying, “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you now. The police can’ get me”.
The incident, according to the affidavit obtained by Local 12 News, occurred on Jan. 21, one day prior to the Bengals playing in the Divisional Round against the Bills and more than a week before the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.
What is aggravated menacing?
Aggravated menacing might be a new term to people, so it’s worth explaining what Mixon is being accused of.
To be proven guilty of the crime, “The prosecution must prove that you knowingly caused another person to believe that you would cause serious physical harm to their person, property, unborn child or immediate family.”
Given the nature of what Mixon is being accused of, that seems to fit the described crime.
Will the Bengals cut Joe Mixon after arrest warrant issued for RB?
While football is a secondary concern in this situation, the fact of the matter is that you have to wonder if the Bengals will release Joe Mixon given this arrest warrant and what he’s being accused of doing.
For what it’s worth, Cincinnati would save $10 million if they cut Mixon this offseason.
It remains to be seen if they’ll do so or if they’ll wait for the legal process to play out.
Joe Mixon punch: RB punched woman in bar in 2014 while at Oklahoma
Regarding the incident in question as Mixon is being accused of pointing a gun at and threatening a woman, his past criminal behavior is relevant to the current situation.
In 2014 when the running back was 18 years old and in Norman, Oklahoma (where he attended college), he was charged with misdemeanor assault after punching a woman in a bar and breaking bones in her face that required hospitalization and surgery. He entered an Alford Plea (a guilty plea but one that is not an admission of guilt but, rather, an admission that the prosecution could convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty).
Mixon was given a one-year delayed sentence, was ordered by the court to receive counseling, and sentenced to 100 hours of community service for the crime.
Joe Mixon agent responds
Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that the charges against Mixon would be dropped on Friday.
“It was a rush to judgment,” Schaffer said.
Mixon’s mother told Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer denied the details of the warrant.
“Did he do it, no he didn’t,” Mixon’s mother said.