Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has accepted probation after being charged with a misdemeanor for punching a young woman at a restaurant in July.
Mixon's attorney, Kevin Finlay, said Thursday that Mixon entered an Alford plea in which he acknowledged there was likely enough evidence to convict him while still asserting his innocence.
Mixon, a freshman, was one of the nation's top recruits and was expected to contend for a starting job. He is serving a one-year suspension and has not been allowed to participate in team activities since the incident in Norman, Oklahoma.
Mixon was to go to trial on Jan. 12, but Finlay said Mixon "does not want to be a further distraction to his family, friends, teammates, and the University of Oklahoma."
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