COLUMBIA, Mo. - Police do not plan to arrest University of Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham following an investigation into an incident at a Columbia, Mo., apartment complex on April 6.
According to documents released Thursday by the Columbia, Mo. Police Department, the alleged victim decided not to press charges fearing media and community backlash.
The alleged victim "stated she was afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged just because she was the victim. The alleged victim stated she did not want to deal with the mental stress of the whole ordeal, it was already making her physically sick to think about it,” the documents said.
Police responded to the apartment complex early in the morning on Sunday, April 6. Officers say Green-Beckham forced his way into an apartment.
After entering the apartment, the documents say Green-Beckham was looking for his girlfriend. On his way to find her, investigators say Green-Beckham walked down a flight of stairs, and in the process shoved the alleged victim down at least four stairs. She is one of the women who lives in the apartment.
Investigators say the alleged victim suffered bruises and swelling on her right wrist. She declined medical attention at the time. She later went to see a doctor to have her wrist checked out.
On the night of April 6, the alleged victim and her roommate went to the Columbia Police Department to talk about the incident. At that time she told officers she no longer wanted to press charges against Green-Beckham.
The alleged victim told police she made the decision about speaking via text with Green-Beckham's girlfriend about the incident.
In that text conversation the girlfriend told the alleged victim, “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 alleged victim then responded, “And the problem is he didn’t mind throwing that down the drain last night.”
The text conversation continued for several minutes. In it, the girlfriend continued to stress the importance of football in Green-Beckham’s life.
“I’m not sticking up for him, but it’s the rest of his life. He deserves to pay somehow but without football he really does have nothing. He wouldn’t have nothing. He wouldn’t make it in a real job. He’d be in the streets and in prison like his brothers,” she said via text message to the alleged victim.
The girlfriend went on to text, “Just please think about it before you do anything I’m begging you. I understand how upset you are. I am too – he drug me out by my neck and hurt me too. “
Another text immediately after said, “This is going to be a huge deal if you press charges. It’ll be over for him. Please."
The alleged victim responded by texting, “I have no control over what is out that’s not in my hands.
Later in the conversation the girlfriend, “And if you don’t want to press charges just say we all had a lot to drink and what not everything is fine.”
The alleged victim then responded, “There’s a police report made on it and that would be lying, so basically everything on paper is made up is what I would be saying.”
After receiving this information from the alleged victim, police interviewed the girlfriend. They asked her if she received pressure from any MU football coaches. She told investigators she had no contact with anyone from the MU Athletic Department.
On Monday, MU suspended Green-Beckham indefinitely from the football team. In a statement released Monday, Head Coach Gary Pinkel said, “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial. We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently.”
Earlier this year, police in Springfield arrested Green-Beckham on suspicion of drug activity. Three weeks after the arrest, documents showed the drugs police found in the car did not belong to the MU wide receiver.
Green-Beckham played a large role in MU’s SEC East and Cotton Bowl Championship. He caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns.