Boren Releases Statement On Handling Of Mixon Case, SAE Incident
NORMAN, Oklahoma - A controversial video showing OU's SAE fraternity members chanting racial slurs prompted the closure of the local chapter and the expulsions of two students.
Now, many are comparing the University's handling of the SAE incident to the handling of an assault case involving OU football player Joe Mixon.
OU President David Boren said there is no double standard at University of Oklahoma. Boren released the following statement to News 9 Friday morning,
“There is no double standard at the University of Oklahoma. We punish bad behavior without regard to race. He was suspended from the team for a year and was not allowed to play. He was also ordered to perform community service, which he has completed. We punish bad behavior without regard to whether a person is an athlete or non-athlete, black or white. It is sheer and utter nonsense to make such a statement. We are colorblind at the University of Oklahoma and make no distinction between athletes and non-athletes. We have even taken one case to the state Supreme Court to enforce the findings of our internal disciplinary process under Title IX, in a case involving a student athlete.”
Mixon's accused of punching OU college co-ed Amelia Molitor in the face during a fight at Pickleman's on July 25, 2014.
In August, 2014, Mixon was charged with one misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury for that fight – a fight that was captured on video by surveillance cameras. He was then suspended for the entire upcoming football season.