Missouri dismisses WR Green-Beckham from team

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri dismissed star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the team Friday.

Police decided not to arrest Green-Beckham on Thursday after an alleged burglary and assault early Sunday morning in Columbia, Mo.

“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel in a statement.

“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,” he said.

According to a police report released Thursday, the alleged victim of the reported assault decided not to press charges against Green-Beckham fearing backlash from the community and the media.

Text messages between the alleged victim and Green-Beckham's girlfriend also show the girlfriend tried to convince the alleged victim not to press charges.

“Dorial was wrong in every way and you have every right to be furious. I’m not sticking up for him but football really is all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely," the text message read.

MU says Pinkel made the decision to kick Green-Beckham off the team along with Athletic Director Mike Alden.

“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” Alden said in a statement.

“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,” he said.

This is the latest in Green-Beckham's legal troubles. Police in Springfield, Mo. arrested him earlier this year for suspicion of drug activity. Search warrant documents later revealed those drugs did not belong to the wide receiver.

During his two years at MU, the Springfield, Mo. native caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Following his dismissal from the team, Green-Beckham's future in football remains unclear. He is ineligible for the NFL draft until next year. League rules only allow players who are three years removed from high school to enter the draft.

Green-Beckham can transfer to another university to play football, but if he transfers to another Football Bowl Subdivision team, NCAA rules will likely force him to sit out for an entire season.

 

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