The Cincinnati Bengals running back, Joe Mixon, has been accused of pointing a gun at an individual and making a threat according to a complaint filed in Ohio’s Hamilton County court. The warrant for Mixon’s arrest has been issued on charges of misdemeanor aggravated menacing.
The Bengals organization has acknowledged the charges and stated that they are investigating the situation, but declined to provide further comments at this time.
On the 21st of January, the alleged incident took place at the intersection of Walnut Street and East Third Street in Cincinnati, one day prior to the Bengals’ victory against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. According to the warrant, Mixon pointed a gun at an individual and threatened to “pop the person in the face.”
However, Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer, has stated that he expects the charges to be dropped by Hamilton County officials on Friday morning, calling it a hasty decision. Schaffer emphasized the importance of police thoroughly investigating a situation before filing charges to avoid damaging the accused’s reputation.
In 2014, Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault for striking a woman. He claimed that he was provoked by a racial slur and responded with an anti-gay slur before the incident occurred. He ultimately entered a plea deal and received one year of probation and a one-season suspension.
Mixon was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft and in 2020, he signed a four-year extension worth $48 million. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2020.