Bengals running back Joe Mixon accused of aggravated menacing; agent says charge will be dropped

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

CINCINNATI — Bengals running back Joe Mixon’s agent said in a statement an aggravated menacing charge filed against him will be dropped Friday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mixon Friday. According to an affidavit, Mixon pointed a firearm at a woman and stated, “You should be popped in the face. I should shoot you, the police can’ (sic) get me.”

The offense happened on Jan. 21, the day before Cincinnati took on the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoffs.

In a statement, the Bengals said, “The club is aware misdemeanor charges have been raised against Joe Mixon. The club is investigating the situation and will not comment further at this time.”

Peter Schaffer, Mixon’s agent, released this statement to WCPO: “It was a rush to judgment. They’re dropping the charges first thing in the morning. I really feel that police have an obligation before they file charges — because of the damage that can be done to the person’s reputation — to do their work. They should be held to a higher standard. Because I don’t play with people’s lives.”

This is not Mixon’s first misdemeanor charge. When he was in college, Mixon pleaded guilty to an assault charge in 2014 for punching a woman, breaking bones in her face. He was suspended for an entire season following the assault charge.

The 26-year-old just wrapped up his sixth season in Cincinnati. He was an offensive captain for the Bengals and became the first NFL player with 150-plus yards and four or more touchdowns from scrimmage in the first half of a game since 2002 in the team’s season-changing win over the Carolina Panthers in November.

If the Bengals choose to cut Mixon before June 1, it would free up $7.2 million of cap space. After June 1, it would be $10 million.

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