Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Mixon is a popular player in The Queen City, and for good reason. He’s one of the best running backs in the NFL, notching 814 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing three games last season. He also helped lead Cincy to within one game of Super Bowl LVII, losing to the Chiefs in the AFC title game, 23-20.
Unfortunately, he’s also been very popular with law enforcement throughout his career. And they paid him another visit recently.
Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Deputies entered Mixon’s home on early Tuesday morning after responding to a call of ‘shots fired’, but they made no arrests. Unfortunately, a juvenile was taken to the hospital with minor injuries according to Fox 19 Cincinnati.
Deputies initially responded at about 8:30 PM on Monday night. At about 11:30, deputies were seen banging on Mixon’s door and telling the homeowner to come out. Later, at approximately 1:30 AM, an officer arrived with an envelope of documents. Deputies then entered the house and were seen searching with flashlights. They left at about 3:20 AM without making an arrest.
While it appears that Mixon won’t be charged in the shooting (at least, for now), it’s certainly not the Cincy star’s first brush with the law. He’s got quite a bit of dirty laundry in his past.
Mixon entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor assault charge in October 2014 for punching Amelia Molitor, breaking bones in her face, and resulting in surgery. He was also part of a high-profile incident stemming from receiving a parking ticket. After receiving a citation, Mixon confronted the attendant, tore the ticket in half, and threw the pieces. He then moved toward the individual and made threats. Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops suspended him for one game because of the incident.
More recently, a warrant was issued for Mixon’s arrest for one count of Aggravated Menacing. It’s alleged that he pointed a gun at a woman and said: “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you now. The police can’t get me.”
Thus far, all the drama hasn’t stopped Mixon, though. He has been able to maneuver through all of his legal wranglings to emerge as one of the very best players in the NFL at his position.
Mixon, 26, was a second-round draft pick in 2017, after playing just two seasons at the University of Oklahoma. He likely would have been taken in the first round if not for him already having been involved in legal entanglements. He had a rather unspectacular rookie campaign (626 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 30 receptions, and 287 receiving yards)
However, he exploded in his second NFL season. Mixon finished first in the AFC in rushing yards with 1,168 and added eight touchdowns on the ground.
From there, he was entrenched as the Bengals’ feature back, a spot that he hasn’t relinquished since. However, it’s unclear currently if the Bengals will retain Mixon, who is under contract with a cap hit of $12.8 million for the 2023 season.