Last week, the Washington Examiner reported that an arrest warrant had been issued for Joe Mixon, the running back for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL).
That arrest warrant accused Mixon of aggravated menacing.
In Ohio, according to the Examiner, aggravated menacing is defined as "caus[ing] serious physical harm to their person, property, unborn child, or immediate family."
Aggravated menacing is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, and, as such, it has a maximum jail sentence of 180 days, a maximum probation period of five years, and a maximum fine of $1,000.
The local outlet WLWT5 has reported the details of the arrest warrant. According to the outlet, the warrant was issued as the result of an incident that occurred in January.
At the 200 block of Walnut Street at 12:49 on Jan. 21, according to WLWT5, it is alleged that Mixon pointed a gun at a woman and said, "You should be popped in the face, I should shoot you, the police can't get me."
WLWT5 doesn't provide details about what led up to this incident. Instead, the outlet characterizes it as a "'road rage' incident," which is said to have only lasted about two minutes.
The incident occurred the day before the Bengals were set to play the Buffalo Bills in a playoff game.
The Bengals, upon learning of the arrest warrant, put out a statement saying:
The club is aware misdemeanor charges have been raised against Joe Mixon. The club is investigating the situation and will not comment further at this time.
After the arrest warrant was released, Mixon's agent, Peter Schaffer, put out a statement claiming that the warrant was going to be dropped.
It was a rush to judgement. They're dropping the charges first thing in the morning. I really feel that police have an obligation before they file charges because of the damage that can be done to a person's reputation — to do their work. They should be held to a higher standard. Because I don't play with people's lives.
Schaffer was right. Less than a day after the release of the arrest warrant, the Cincinnati city prosecutor decided to dismiss the charge against Mixon.
Prosecutor Amber Daniel put out a statement, saying:
We're requesting dismissal because we need additional investigation before we would move forward with this case. The Cincinnati Police Department were able to get in contact with the victim. She understands the need to dismiss this case and the potential that we could refile this at a later date. She does still want to go forward with this charge if we do decide to refile it.
What exactly prompted this decision is unclear.