Threatening charges against Joe Mixon are DROPPED just one day after an arrest warrant was issued for the Bengals who ran back after allegations he pointed a firearm at a woman – but it could still be resubmitted
The charges against Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon have been dismissed at the request of the city’s prosecutor’s office, but there is still a chance it could be brought again.
An arrest warrant was issued for Mixon on Thursday for serious endangerment after he allegedly aimed a firearm at a woman on Jan. 21, but prosecutors asked for the charges to be dropped Friday morning.
“I will sign the letter of resignation,” the judge said at the hearing. “And the order will be recalled subject to further filing by the City of Cincinnati.”
The judge had previously said he would not drop the charges until he was sure the alleged victim in the case had been notified.
Charges against Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon have been dismissed
Mixon allegedly pointed a gun at a woman’s face and said, ‘I should shoot you’
Prosecutors said in court they were asking for his dismissal because they “needed additional investigations before moving forward with this case.”
They also noted that the alleged victim understood the need to dismiss the case, but would still like to go ahead with the charges if prosecutors decide to re-file the case.
Mixon’s agent Peter Schaffer had hit back Thursday night, saying the charges would be dropped Friday.
He also said police rushed to pass judgment on the case, which allegedly involved a traffic accident in downtown Cincinnati.
“It was a hasty judgment,” Schaffer said through NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero. “Tomorrow morning they’ll have the charges dropped.
“I really think the police have a duty to do their job before they press charges – because of the damage a person can do to his reputation. They should be kept at a higher level because I don’t play with people’s lives.’
According to court documents, Mixon allegedly pointed a firearm at a woman on Jan. 21 and said, “You should get punched in the face, I should shoot you, the police can’t catch me.”
January 21 was the day before the Bengals beat the Buffalo Bills 27-10 in the playoffs.
The incident reportedly happened the day before Mixon played for the Bengals against the Bills
If convicted, under Ohio state law, Mixon could face up to 180 days in prison and a fine.
The Bengals said in a statement Thursday: “The club is aware of felony charges against Joe Mixon. The club is investigating the situation and will not comment further at this time.”
The 26-year-old Mixon has just completed his sixth season in the NFL. The Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, losing 23-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs, advancing to the Super Bowl to face the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mixon rushed 210 times for 814 yards and got seven touchdowns in the 2022 season.
Mixon played college football at Oklahoma and was selected by the Bengals in the 2017 draft.
Mixon’s current Bengals deal, signed in 2020, runs through 2024 and is worth $48 million
In 2014, he was suspended from Oklahoma for a season after punching a woman, Amelia Molitor, in the face. She was left with a broken jaw and cheekbone and they settled out of court three years later.
“I’m thankful that Mia and I were able to talk privately,” Mixon said after the 2017 settlement was reached. “I was able to apologize to her one-on-one.
“The way I responded that night, that’s not me. That’s not how I was raised. I think she understands that.
“Talking together helps us get past what happened. I know I have to keep working to become a better person, and this is another step in that direction.”
In 2020, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Bengals worth $48 million.