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Joe Mixon parking ticket
(NonDoc)

After an altercation with a university parking attendant, OU running back Joe Mixon will be suspended for the team’s Thursday game at Iowa State.

A statement was posted shortly after 9:30 p.m. on SoonerSports.com saying he had violated team rules, but it alluded to an interaction with “parking attendants.”

Mixon’s attorney spoke to NonDoc, saying the altercation took place on the campus’s North Oval.

“Early this morning, Joe was cited for a parking offense on campus at OU. Like most of us, he was frustrated and angry to have been cited for a parking offense,” said Blake Johnson, Mixon’s attorney. “In the presence of the officer, he removed the ticket from his windshield, ripped it up and threw it to the ground.”

Johnson said Mixon’s interaction was with a member of OU parking enforcement and not OUPD. As of Tuesday evening, NonDoc had not obtained an incident report.

“Joe as a member of the OU football team is held to a very high standard of expected conduct,” Johnson said. “His behavior violated the student conduct code. He understands that, and he accepts the punishment.”

Mixon is OU’s leading rusher, and fellow running back Samaje Perine has been out with an injury. That will leave freshman Abdul Adams as the team’s primary back for an unusual Thursday game.

“OU sets very high standards and they must be met by all of our student-athletes,” OU Head Coach Bob Stoops said in the athletic department’s official statement.

Mixon also offered comment there.

“I regret that I did not respond appropriately to parking attendants and understand and accept the consequences,” Mixon said.

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The Sooners played with Joe Mixon suspended for the entire 2014 season. The talented player drew public criticism, a deferred sentence and community service for hitting a woman during a fight at a Norman restaurant.

Former OU student Amelia Molitor is suing Mixon for damages. The suit was recently ordered transferred from California to the Western District Court of Oklahoma.

Adams started the season as at least OU’s fifth-string running back. Beyond Mixon and Perine, back Rodney Anderson has missed the entire season, and senior Daniel Brooks retired owing to concussions.

With Joe Mixon suspended, OU (6-2) will square off against Iowa State (1-7) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Ames, Iowa. The game is set to be broadcast by ESPN.

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William W. Savage III (Tres) holds a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. He covered two sessions of the Oklahoma Legislature for eCapitol.net before working in health care for six years. He is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.