Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, Baylor’s Ishmael Zamora not invited to NFL scouting combine

Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, Baylor’s Ishmael Zamora not invited to NFL scouting combine

Joe Mixon won’t get to make his case to NFL teams at the scouting combine.

The talented University of Oklahoma running back, who was caught on video punching a woman 2½ years ago, wasn’t on the invite list that teams received Thursday, two club officials with knowledge of the list told USA TODAY Sports.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the list hadn’t been distributed publicly.

Another notable name not on the list: Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora, who was suspended three games last season after video surfaced of him beating and kicking a dog.

The decisions aren’t particularly surprising, given the sensitive nature of the issues in light of Ray Rice, Michael Vick and other cases.

Last year, the NFL informed teams that it would no longer allow players with convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses to attend the combine. The Mixon and Zamora incidents don’t fit that description, though.

Last month, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the release of the gruesome video showing Mixon breaking the woman’s jaw and cheekbone with a punch after she shoved Mixon and slapped both sides of his neck during the July 2014 incident. Mixon entered an Alford plea at the time, acknowledging there was likely enough evidence to convict him of a misdemeanor charge while still asserting his innocence. He did not serve jail time and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and undergo counseling.

Police charged Zamora with a misdemeanor and he received a citation in the animal abuse case.

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