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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dorial Green-Beckham kicked off Missouri football team, will enter counseling

Dorial Green-Beckham mug shotDorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the Missouri football team after the school completed an investigation of an alleged incident that took place on Sunday morning.

Green-Beckham, who will be a junior in the fall and was the top receiver on the team, was suspended indefinitely while the school investigated the incident. Green-Beckham allegedly forced open the door to an apartment in search of his girlfriend and injured two women in the process.

According to the incident report, Green-Beckham allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during the incident. He was not arrested as the women decided not to press charges. But that did not spare him from discipline by the football team.

“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a media release announcing the move. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”

Athletic director Mike Alden had this to say:

“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes. Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community.”

Green-Beckham said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he has been “young and dumb” and that he will enter counseling.

This is a bold move by Missouri and appears to set some standards for behavior. Keep in mind that this is Green-Beckham’s third incident that we know of; he was arrested twice for drug-related incidents during his time at Missouri. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up back with the program for the fall.

Green-Beckham had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.



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