"For the last two years, my lawyers have advised me against speaking publicly about an incident that occurred very shortly after I arrived in Norman," Mixon wrote in a statement sent to The Oklahoman. "Today, I want to say what everyone deserves to hear from me about this matter: I am sorry."
Mixon had turned 18 just hours before the punch was thrown. The California native wrote that he was far away from home for the first time, trying to get to know his new teammates.
"I was not drinking; I have never had a drink in my life. At the end of the night, a group of apparently drunk people started harassing us. Some of my teammates were wise enough to leave. I did not, and I am sorry."
Mixon wrote that racial slurs were hurled at him, but he does not specify in the statement who made them. He wrote a woman shoved and then slapped him, and he reacted poorly by striking her. (The Oklahoman)
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