Controversial Bengals draft pick speaks out on assault, moving forward

Controversial Bengals draft pick speaks out on assault, moving forward

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals are receiving backlash over one of the team's draft picks.

Running back Joe Mixon, University of Oklahoma, was the 48th selection in the second round.

The 5-foot-10 running back was one of the top players available at his position, but teams were wary because of his history.

He was caught on video punching a woman at a restaurant in 2014, breaking bones in her face.

Oklahoma suspended Mixon an entire season.

"It hurt to see it, hurt to talk about it," said Mixon. "At the end of the day, I'm going to try to do whatever I can to move forward. It's very unfortunate, but at the end of the day, I'm blessed to be in this situation."

He called the moment, "the lowest of his life."

"I don't know who isn't disgusted by what they saw, but that's one day in the young man's life," said Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis.

"At the end of the day, I'm not trying to prove nobody wrong, I'm just trying to prove the Bengals right," said Mixon.

He said he did his community service and will continue counseling.

He says he hopes he can help others learn from his mistake.

"Teach young kids, hopefully I can do older people too," said Mixon. "But at the end of the day, it's an opportunity for me to come in and just try to be that person to help people, and that's what I look forward in doing. I will continue to do it around the community, I'll continue to help kids, I've always been that type to help kids."

According to Forbes, that punch cost Mixon about $25 million.

The top running back in this year's draft, Leonard Fournette, is projected sign a contract worth $27 million.

Mixon is expected to sign for about $2 million.

The Bengals said they met with him and they have a plan in place for him to move forward.

In two years as a Sooner, Mixon rushed for 2,027 yards with 17 touchdowns.

He also had 894 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

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