Updates from Friday, April 11
College Football Talk reports that the wide receiver has been dismissed from Missouri:
Missouri announces it has dismissed Dorial Green-Beckham.— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) April 11, 2014
Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a statement from Green-Beckham on his legal troubles prior to the news of his dismissal:
First and most importantly, I take responsibly for my conduct and my mistakes. Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern. I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying.
Updates from Thursday, April 10
David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune has an update on the legal troubles surrounding Dorial Green-Beckham:
Columbia Police Department release says burglary investigation involving Dorial Green-Beckham is complete. No arrests will be made.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Incident report says Green-Beckham forced way into apartment while resident was trying to close door.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Incident report also says Green-Beckham pushed a female occupant of the apartment "causing her to fall down at least four stairs."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Report says victim told police she did not want to press charges because "she was afraid of the media and community backlash."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
Text messages from Green-Beckham's girlfriend after incident indicate he "drug" her "out by the neck and hurt" her "too."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 10, 2014
As for his status with the team, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an update:
Missouri team spokesman says Green-Beckham team status (suspended indefinitely) remains unchanged— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 10, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Matthew Fairburn of The Missourian has more details of the wideout's new troubles:
Columbia Police sergeant Joe Bernhard said Monday morning that Green-Beckham was not arrested over the weekend, but according to residents at Brookside Townhomes, Green-Beckham was involved in an incident there sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday.
The Kansas City Star reported later Monday that "Green-Beckham is part of an ongoing investigation by Columbia Police, according to Sgt. Joe Bernhard, but has not been arrested."
The only incident from Brookside Townhomes reported to the Columbia police within this time period is a burglary at 2:36 a.m. Sunday.
Missouri sophomore and Brookside resident Chris Connor said he heard shouting from the apartment unit next to his.
Connor's roommate Mike Henke said he saw a white Dodge Charger speed away and a girl hitting it as it drove away.
“After (Green-Beckham) drove away, his teammates were yelling at us to not call the cops,” Connor said. “They were like, 'Dude, come on. Just don’t call the cops.’"
The people outside the apartment did call the police, and police arrived to the scene 15 minutes later, Connor said.
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's off-the-field problems are again spilling onto the gridiron, as the school officially suspended the breakout star indefinitely following his second drug-related arrest since October 2012.
Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press broke the news on Monday:
Missouri says WR Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) April 7, 2014
Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report passed along a statement from head coach Gary Pinkel:
Pinkel: "We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger & Dorial has not met those recently"— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 7, 2014
Pinkel: "It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial”— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 7, 2014
Pinkel: "These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on"— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 7, 2014
Green-Beckham was one of three men arrested on Jan. 10 when police found marijuana in a car following a routine traffic stop. Springfield police released Green-Beckham as it pursued a charge of possession with intent to distribute, which is a felony under Missouri law. According to a police statement, there was approximately a pound of marijuana in the car, per KY3.com.
University policy requires athletes who are charged with a felony to be suspended, pending the result of their case. If the athlete is found guilty, policy requires an immediate dismissal from the team.
This is the second time Green-Beckham, 20, has been charged with a marijuana-related crime since arriving at Missouri. He was one of five freshmen suspended for a 2012 game against Vanderbilt after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. In order to avoid the charge, Green-Beckham pleaded his charges down to second-degree trespassing and had not had any trouble with the law since.
As for the latest surrounding Green-Beckham the authorities refused to comment (via David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune):
CPD spokesman Sgt. Joe Bernhard says Green-Beckham has not been arrested and he can not comment on whether he's part of an investigation.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) April 7, 2014
Unfortunately, this latest incident will likely cost Green-Beckham time at a point where he'd like to be on the field the most. The star wideout, considered the Class of 2012's best recruit in the nation, per 247Sports' composite rankings, began showing his promise in 2013, catching 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. His ability to go up for jump balls and stretch the defense helped Missouri embark on one of its best seasons in school history.
The Tigers finished last season 12-2, ranked fifth in the country after a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State. Expected to be a doormat in the hyper-competitive SEC, Gary Pinkel's squad instead won the East division and gave national runner-up Auburn everything it could handle in the conference title game.
Losing Green-Beckham for an extended period of time may prevent Missouri from having a repeat season. The Tigers offense is already undergoing changes, as quarterback James Franklin exhausted his eligibility and will be replaced by Maty Mauk. Although Mauk gained experience as a freshman, he's an at-times erratic passer who could use a talent like Green-Beckham—someone good enough to atone for mistakes at quarterback.
For now, it seems Mauk will have to forage ahead without his top wideout. But with a ton of time for Green-Beckham's case to sort out before the beginning of the 2014 regular season, it's likely this is far from the last time the junior wideout's status changes.
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