Bengals' Mixon found not guilty of aggravated menacing after January incident
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was found not guilty on an aggravated menacing charge stemming from a road rage incident in January, according to ESPN's Ben Baby.
"Knowing the facts, knowing Joe as a person, and having tremendous faith in the legal system's ability to get to the truth, we had no doubt of the eventual outcome," Joe Mixon's agent, Peter Schaffer, said in a statement Thursday, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "This vindicates Joe as a person, and that is what's most important. Back to the business of football."
The Cincinnati Police Department refiled a charge of aggravated menacing against Mixon in April. The 27-year-old faced a first-degree misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months of jail time and a maximum $1,000 fine, according to James Rapien of Sports Illustrated.
Mixon was accused of pointing a firearm at a woman on Jan. 21 in Cincinnati, the day before the Bengals' playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Police issued a warrant for his arrest on Feb. 2, but the charge was initially dismissed the following day.
The Bengals addressed the jury's decision in a statement Thursday.
"Since he joined the organization in 2017, Joe Mixon has been a valuable part of the Cincinnati Bengals," the statement read, according to The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. "Joe has been a top-level running back with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and he has been an even better teammate enjoying real popularity among his peers. During the past seven years, Joe has been active with the community, and his constant smile and energy have made him a favorite among thousands of fans.
"The organization is pleased that this matter is now behind everyone, and we look forward to an exciting season with Joe being an important part of the football team."
Mixon has spent his entire NFL career with the Bengals, who drafted him in the second round in 2017.
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