On Thursday, Feb. 2, the Cincinnati police issued an arrest warrant on Bengals running back Joe Mixon with a charge of aggravated menacing. Today, the charge has been dropped at the request of the Hamilton County’s Prosecutors Office, announced judge Curt Kissinger.
“We are requesting dismissal because we need additional investigation before we move forward with this case,” the prosecution said Friday, via WLWT.
Despite the charge being dropped, Mixon does not appear in the clear just yet. According to the Hamilton County’s Prosecutors Office, the charge could be refiled at a later date.
Mixon was charged with aggravated menacing due to a complaint filed to the Hamilton Municipal Court in Cincinnati, Ohio. This complaint claimed that Mixon allegedly pointed a firearm at a woman and said, “You should popped in the face, I should shoot you. The police can’t get me.”
This incident occurred on Jan. 21, the day before the Bengals playoff victory against the Bills.
Peter Schaffer, Mixon’s agent, stated yesterday that the charges would be dropped today, which they were.
“It was a rush to judgment. They’re dropping the charges first thing in the morning,” said Schaffer. “I really feel that police have an obligation before they file charges — because of the damage that can be done to the person’s reputation — to do their work. They should be held to a higher standard. Because I don’t play with people’s lives.”
Mixon was previously charged with misdemeanor assault in 2014 during his time at the University of Oklahoma. A video surfaced that showed Mixon punching a woman in the face at a restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma. Mixons’ actions ultimately sent this woman to the hospital. Mixon was later offered a plea deal, which he accepted. He served a full-season suspension, one year of probation, and 100 hours of community service and behavioral counseling.
Mixon was drafted by the Bengals three years later in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, Mixon has amassed 5,783 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns during his six-year tenure.
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