CINCINNATI — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon on a complaint of misdemeanor aggravated menacing, according to court records.
The complaint was filed Thursday in Ohio’s Hamilton County. The Bengals said they are aware of the charges against Mixon.
“The club is investigating the situation and will not comment further at this time,” a team spokesperson said in a statement Thursday.
According to the warrant, Mixon allegedly pointed a gun at an individual Jan. 21 and said the person should be “popped in the face.” The warrant states the incident occurred at the intersection of Walnut Street and East Third Street in downtown Cincinnati, one day before the Bengals defeated the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
In a statement issued to ESPN, Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said he expects Hamilton County officials to drop the charges Friday morning, stating that it was a rush to judgement.
“I really feel that the 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,” Schaffer said.
In 2014, Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault for punching a woman. At the time, Mixon was a running back at the University of Oklahoma. He alleged he was called a racial slur, which prompted him to use an anti-gay slur before the assault occurred. Mixon entered a plea deal and was given a year of probation and suspended for one season.
Mixon was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. He signed a four-year extension in 2020 worth $48 million and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2020.