The NFL is no stranger to off-field drama, and Cincinnati Bengals star running back Joe Mixon is the latest to be involved in a potential legal issue. An arrest warrant has been issued for Mixon, but his agent Peter Schaffer told NFL Network he expects the charges to be dropped Friday morning.
At the center of the story is an affidavit obtained by Cincinnati’s WKRC-TV, which alleges that Mixon pointed a gun at a woman and said, “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you now. The police can’t get me.” The Bengals have acknowledged the incident and are investigating the situation, but have not released any further comment.
Mixon’s off-field issues date back to his time as a student-athlete at Oklahoma. In July 2014, he punched a female student in the face, and video of the incident went viral. Mixon and the woman later settled out of court. Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 college season, and also had an incident with a parking attendant in 2016, leading to another suspension.
Despite his checkered past, the Bengals chose Mixon in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, Mixon has been a model citizen on the team and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2021 after rushing for 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns. This past season, he rushed for 814 yards in 14 games with seven touchdowns for the Bengals, who made it to the AFC Championship Game.
It remains to be seen whether the charges against Mixon will be dropped, but it’s clear that he has worked hard to turn his life around and become a model citizen in the NFL. Stay tuned for further updates as this story develops.