Earlier today University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (through his attorney) released a video from 2014 that shows the 6’1″ 226 lb star athlete punching a woman inside of a restaurant in Norman, OK:

The video shows words exchanged between the two which leads to the woman slapping Mixon and Mixon retaliating:

The woman, Amelia Molitor, is in the process of suing Mixon and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters had sued to make the video public. Mixon’s attorney said the video was released today voluntarily to “help put the matter to rest“:

“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University,” his attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”

Enter ESPN’s Brent McMurphy, a “native Okie,” who responded this way to the video:

And then he got everyone angry with this now deleted tweet (“Boomer Sooner” is the fight song of OU):

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Yeah, that could be a problem. McMurphy has since clarified what he meant:

I deleted an earlier tweet that was part of a series of tweets I put out in response to what I considered to be a misguided group of some fans who seemed to be supportive of the horribly violent act captured on the Mixon video released tonight. Even in that context, my attempted sarcasm as a response to the blind loyalty fans were showing in the face of the horrific video was not the best way to make a point on something so sensitive. I apologize.

Keep in mind McMurphy did fight back against people who were defending the punch in his timeline, so his explanation is legit:

And:

And:

Here’s some of the reaction from people who jumped on what he had to say:

And here’s hoping that the outrage mob spends a few minutes finding out what really happened before this man loses his job.

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