Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham Arrested on Suspicion of Drug Possession

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

Updates from Monday, Feb. 3

Stephen Herzog of News-Leader.com has the latest on Dorial Green-Beckham's legal issues:

Recently released court documents show Dorial Green-Beckham has been more cooperative in the police investigation than the other two men arrested with him during a traffic stop last month.

According to the documents, on days following the arrest, police attempted to obtain cellphone records and DNA evidence from all three men — Green-Beckham was the only one to provide both without a search warrant.

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30

News-Leader.com has the latest on Dorial Green-Beckham's legal situation:

The pound of marijuana police found in the back of a Jeep Cherokee Jan. 10 did not belong to the former Hillcrest High School star and Mizzou football standout, Dorial Green-Beckham.

So say the other two young men who were arrested that night.

Recently-released Greene County court documents provide a broader scope of the evidence against the two men and Green-Beckham, whose arrest prompted national headlines. It was his second marijuana-related arrest in about 15 months.

When the three were arrested, documents show Springfield Police held them in jail while pursing possible charges of felony drug distribution against all three.

The new documents reveal only one of the three, Patrick Prouty, admitted owning the marijuana. Another man, John McDaniel, told police that Prouty sometimes sold pot

David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune provided a statement from Green-Beckham's lawyer: 

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There is plenty of excitement surrounding the Missouri football program after one of its best seasons in recent memory, but the celebration has come to a screeching halt following the arrest of star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for suspicion of felony drug possession, according to KY3 News in Springfield, Mo.

Per the report, Green-Beckham was booked late on the night of Friday, Jan. 10, but he was released from jail shortly thereafter and has not yet been charged with a crime.

According to KY3 News, Green-Beckham's most recent run-in with the law happened at 10 p.m. local time after a vehicle containing himself and two other people was pulled over.

Here is a look at Green-Beckham's mug shot, courtesy of Mike Colombo of KMOV 4 News in St. Louis:

David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune provides a police statement on the arrest:

Springfield Police confirm the arrest of Dorial Green-Beckham (M/B, 4/12/93) and two other Springfield men, John W. McDaniel (M/B, 1/27/91) and Patrick W. Prouty (M/W, 3/1/93), in conjunction with a traffic stop that occurred last night. The stop was made after the arresting officer noticed the license plate tab on a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, driven by McDaniel, had expired in October of 2013. When the officer made contact with McDaniel regarding the license plate violation, he could smell an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. The traffic stop occurred near Sunshine and Jefferson in Springfield.

During the search of the Jeep, officers found approximately a pound of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. All three occupants were arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail for Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Although Green-Beckham is innocent until proven guilty, this situation is definitely disconcerting considering his past issues.

Morrison reported more on the charges Green-Beckham could be facing:

Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested and released from the Greene County Jail in his hometown of Springfield on suspicion of felony distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of a controlled substance.

A spokeswoman from the Springfield Police Department, which made the arrest, confirmed Green-Beckham was booked into the Greene County Jail last night and released this morning.

No charges have been filed against Green-Beckham "at this time," she said, and the department has no further comment on the matter as it is an "ongoing investigation."


Missouri team spokesman Chad Moller, in a text, said the team is "aware of the situation and working to learn more."

Missouri athletic department policy dictates that an athlete who is charged with a felony is suspended from team activities until the case is resolved, and conviction of a felony leads to dismissal from the team.

According to Erick Smith of USA Today, Green-Beckham was suspended by the school for one game during his 2012 freshman campaign after being arrested for possession of marijuana.

Following Green-Beckham's arrest in 2012, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden was adamant about giving him a second chance and allowing him to learn from his mistakes, per KY3 News:

Our thought process on that is versus looking at that as a lifetime negative we try to see it as a lifetime opportunity so whenever you have some challenges and whenever you make a mistake, how do we look at that and how do we grow from that. We never necessarily forget that opportunity to grow, we want to look at it that way and not necessarily always perceive that as a negative that's going to stay with us forever.

DGB has seemingly been a model citizen since then, but this incident obviously won't endear him to his coaches, teammates and fans.

Green-Beckham appeared to have turned the corner on the field in 2013, as he racked up 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to an AP All-SEC Second Team selection. The Tigers surprised many by making it all the way to the SEC Championship Game and coming within one win of playing for the national title. Green-Beckham was a driving force behind that.

At 6'6" and 225 pounds, and with blazing speed and amazing leaping ability, Green-Beckham has all the tools necessary to be a Calvin Johnson-esque star at the next level. In order to do that, though, he must be able to keep his nose clean off the field.


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