The Missouri athletic department has announced suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the program.
Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden made the decision together.
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Gary Pinkel said in the 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.”
“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” Mike 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.”
Earlier today, Green-Beckham released a statement, taking responsibility for his mistakes, and he said he would enter counseling. DGB was indefinitely suspended from the team on Monday for a violation of team rules, and the Columbia Police released a statement yesterday that said he would not be arrested for an incident that happened early Sunday morning, although the details were very concerning.
DGB was arrested on January 11 for suspicion of felony drug activity. He’s maintained his innocence after the arrest, and he and his family said they are confident he won’t be charged. That was the second time DGB had a run in with the law at Mizzou, as the first time was a 2012 arrest on a marijuana charge.
Green-Beckham was a second-team All-SEC receiver who caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 2013 breakout season. Missouri had 31 receiving touchdowns last season. Twenty seven of those are now gone with departing players.
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