Joe Mixon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing over allegations that he threatened and pointed a gun at a woman in Cincinnati earlier this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals running back is alleged to have “knowingly” pointed a gun in a woman’s face, saying she “should be popped in the face.”
The reported incident occurred less than a mile from the Bengals’ stadium the same day the Bengals traveled to Buffalo to face the Bills in an AFC divisional round playoff game. A warrant was issued for Mixon’s arrest, but the initial charge was dropped less than 24 hours after it was filed.
However, police said new evidence prompted the filing of new charges.
Mixon’s career has been marked by controversy due to an incident in 2014 where he assaulted a woman at a restaurant. The incident led to Mixon being suspended for the 2014 season, and he would eventually enter a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of assault.
Despite the controversy, Mixon’s talent on the field is undeniable, which is why he was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, and has since become one of the team’s most important offensive players.
However, his play on the field lately combined with more off-the-field issues has the team ready to part ways with him.
Joe Mixon has two years remaining on his four-year, $48 million contract, yet he’s no guarantee to remain on the roster for long. That’s because the team is reportedly negotiating a pay cut for the veteran running back.
If he doesn’t accept taking less money, the team is likely to release him.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.