RB Mixon pleads not guilty to menacing charge

  • ESPN Staff Writer
  • Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News
  • University of North Texas graduate

CINCINNATI — Bengals running back Joe Mixon pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated menacing, court records showed on Wednesday.

Mixon was granted recognizance for a $10,000 bond, according to Hamilton County court records and requested a jury trial. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman.

Mixon’s attorneys submitted the request on Wednesday morning in his first court appearance for the alleged incident that occurred Jan. 21. It’s the same case that was dismissed by the city prosecutor’s office before it was re-filed on April 7.

Cincinnati officials allege that Mixon pointed a firearm at a woman and threatened to shoot her in the face, according to an affidavit.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mixon was on the way to the team facilities as the Bengals prepared to travel to Buffalo for an AFC divisional playoff game. Mixon had 20 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown in the 27-10 win over the Buffalo Bills as Cincinnati reached the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year.

The case was initially dismissed less than 24 hours after the charge was filed. Peter Schaffer, Mixon’s agent, told ESPN and other outlets the charge was a “rush to judgments.” City officials said at the time that there was a possibility the charge could be resubmitted upon further investigation.

In the affidavit filed on April 7, Mixon was identified by photos of his license plate and was picked out of a photo lineup by the alleged victim.

Mixon was seen on Monday on the first day of the Bengals’ offseason workouts. While he did not answer any questions, citing that he normally doesn’t speak to the media until training camp begins in July, he added that he was happy to be with the Bengals for another season.

Mixon, a former second-round pick, has spent the entirety of six-year career with the Bengals. Mixon is fifth in franchise history in career rushing and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021.

In March, Mixon was in the middle of a shooting incident that resulted in felony assault charges. Hamilton County officials allege that Lamonte Brewer, the boyfriend of Mixon’s sister, Shalonda, fired shots at a teenager while in Mixon’s backyard.

Court documents suggest the teenager, who is Mixon’s neighbor, was playing a game involving toy guns. The boy was struck in the foot by a bullet, according to county officials, and Mixon was never considered a suspect.

This offseason represents Mixon’s first known brushes with the law since 2014, when he punched a woman while a student at Oklahoma. He entered a plea deal and was suspended for a season.

In 2022, Mixon made 14 starts and had 1,255 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns. He is set to earn $9.4 million in base salary in 2023, according to the Roster Management System.

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