Joe Mixon took a significant step towards clearing his name in one of his two outstanding legal cases. The Cincinnati Bengals running back was recently found not guilty in his aggravated menacing case from January of this year — a misdemeanor charge that alleges that Mixon pointed a gun at his accuser in downtown Cincinnati.
Mixon faced reporters for the first time since this recent development, and apparently, he wanted to use it as an opportunity to make a statement.
Joe Mixon Refuses to Speak With Reporters
Mixon declined to speak to the media on Sunday after practice. According to Ben Baby of ESPN, the Bengals RB announced that he was boycotting questions from certain reporters. Mixon said that these reporters are from The Cincinnati Inquirer, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and Pro Football Network.
“Bengals RB Joe Mixon declined to speak to reporters today. He said he also said he won’t be taking questions from certain reporters for ‘disrespectful behavior.’ He declined to elaborate what that meant as he retreated to the team’s training room,” Baby wrote in his tweet.
This is not the first time Mixon has decided to shun the media. Baby reports that the Bengals star has been boycotting reporters since the end of the previous season.
As Baby said, Mixon refused to provide any details on the “disrespectful behavior” he was referring to. It remains unclear if this is related to how the media has handled his pending legal issues.
Mixon may have been found not guilty in his aggravated menacing case, but the woman who has accused him of pointing a gun at her has also filed a civil lawsuit against the Pro Bowler. Depending on how the proceedings go, the case could be settled out of court. Mixon would not want this to go to trial as it could have a significant impact on his NFL career.
This civil lawsuit is one of two cases the Bengals RB is currently facing. Last March, Mixon was named in a separate lawsuit between a teenager and a neighbor who allegedly shot the accuser. Mixon’s name was dragged into the case because he supposedly provided the neighbor with the gun that was used in the shooting. Mixon has denied any involvement in the incident.