Missouri has indefinitely suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

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Mizzou announced they have indefinitely suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for a violation of team rules. The Tigers had their first scrimmage Saturday.

The suspension comes in the middle of spring practice.

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“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” Gary Pinkel said in a statement. “We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process. It’s been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It’s frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.”

The second-team All-SEC receiver caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 2013 breakout season, and it would be a devastating blow to the offense to be DGB-less. He’s a sure-fire first-round pick if he can stay out of trouble.

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.

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  • This is the second time that we know of. DGB Needs to be smarter than this.
    Coach Pinkel is doing the right thing.

    • The list he has piled up will make you laugh out-loud

      • Missouri has 20 receivers on their depth chart. This doesn’t count the 2014′ freshmen who haven’t enrolled yet. All but about 3 of them have upside potential that will raise eyebrows all around the league. One example, Tight Ends, They average 6’5 and 250 lbs and they can catch, and they’re not slow. How good is the rest of the receiver corp if the TEs have that much talent. Receivers want to sign at Missouri because they know it’s a collegiate showcase because of the last decade of supporting cast. ie. Missouri fell a little short of the National Championship but it wasn’t because they didn’t score any points against Auburn. Mauk might break collegiate records over the next 3 years and the receiver corp is the reason. Beckham has talent but has just as many things to work on as everyone else on the depth chart. I would say he #1 on the chart in size and speed but might actuallly be 2nd or 3rd on the chart in some other essential receiver qualities.

    • Ok, so the facts are in now he knew this student, no prosecution. DGB still needs to clean up his attitudes

  • It will be a devastating blow to media who worship #1 five star recruits BUT Missouri Football and the fans will not notice the difference, because like a lot of good but not great receivers: he drops catchable balls, he is sometimes slow to get open, he is just learning to make space for himself, and his off-field behavior is bad for the team and everybody knows it. Pinkel is doing exactly what Green Beckham needs to realize his true potential. His stock in the NFL will go way up once he learns to keep his life in order off the field. Missouri had great receivers sitting the bench last year just waiting for a chance to play. Darius White was just one of those. The walk on from Rolla is just one more of many.

  • I think “devastating” is a little bit harsh when you describe the potential impact of Mizzou losing DGB. Don’t get me wrong — it’ll hurt — but they’ll still be able to score without him. WR has been a strong point for Mizzou for years, and the other two starters are both 4-star guys with plenty of talent. It’s not like DGB is the only guy on the team who can catch a pass.

    • I hear you, but when you lose Henry Josey, L’Damian Washington, Marcus Lucas, James Franklin AND DGB (IF he doesn’t play), you’re taking away a lot of firepower and the top three receivers. Aside from maybe Auburn’s OT Greg Robinson, DGB was the best player on the field in Atlanta. With that being said, I don’t expect him to miss more than a game. That’s just my opinion right now.

      • Tre Mason (304 yds. 4 T.D.’s) wants to have a word with you…..

        • I don’t think so, but maybe his offensive linemen (his words)

        • Love Tre Mason, and he had a huge game; just thought Greg Robinson was more talented. DGB is like a baby Lebron, and last year was just scraping the surface of what he could accomplish.

        • I was just playing. I understand that you were pointing out the best overall talents, & probably the best NFL prospects on the field that night. However, there’s no doubt who was the best player on the field that particular night.

        • Oh, I know. No worries PCB.

    • Clint, re-read what Wolfman said. The devastating blow is to the media, not the team. Wolfman states that we have great receivers on the bench.

      More teams need to do what is right for the players. Allowing them to get away with whatever they want at the college level will only exponentiate as they move to the Pros.

      • ECT, There is a really interesting parallel to this latest incident in Missouri. A Kansas City Chief went ballistic with woman, resulted in murder-suicide. Parallel because the latest chapter in Beckam’s big child-life seems to be an experiment in inappropriate settling of property questions with a woman he knew well (?maybe girlfriend?)

  • As a South Carolina fan I applaud Missouri for doing this. I think the HBC should have gotten rid of Stephen Garcia after his 3rd incident the summer of his RS year. I think this is a great way to make people recognize that you must do the right thing to earn the privilege of representing your school.

    • I have to strongly disagree with this statement. Taking away Stephen Garcia and all of his pudgy, alcohol infused greatness would have been a great disservice to all fans watching him. He and the HBC were a match made in heaven.

  • What is up with suspending “indefinitely?” If he broke a rule and it merits suspension, pick a number of games and go with it. There is the argument that the number of games might indicate what the violation was, but people will realize that after the fact anyway.
    Anyway, DGB seems to be biding his time before he is eligible for the NFL Draft and doesn’t seem to care or realize how much he is hurting his stock. He’ll be a millionaire one day; it just may be a few years later than if he had flown straight from the beginning.

    • Dawg, I dont have the inside coaching staff meetings facts on this but I’m pretty sure the ‘indefinitely’ descriptive means that Beckham has some performance criteria to meet. Just a guess but it could be something like running off a string of days without being late to a class, or not being seen by anyone on the team breaking a team training rule for a given length of time, etc.. I’m pretty sure there is one thing he could repeat that would change the indefinite’ to permanent’ at this point in time. It’s hard to be 10 years old in a 20 year old body. Prayers that whatever his mental issues are that he can learn to be an unselfsh team member because not breaking out of that childlike self focus will be crippling.

      • I also think an indefinite suspension gives the coaches time to decide the proper punishment. Usually, when players are suspended, it’s a set amount of time. The indefinite just buys more time to make the proper decision.

        • I’m guess in the ever-growing minority of people who think proper decisions can still be made relatively quickly. Not saying they should be dishing out punishment within the hour, but a few days max is plenty to weigh all the options.

        • Kind of like my split decision to post the above comment without proofreading the first several words…haha

        • Dawg, your logic is good. There’s just a lot more to the story than you know. Try looking at the Columbia Tribune stories on line, they might have more of the dirt. Beckham is not a real bad young man. He just doesn’t understand bad company, flirting with lots of small bad decisions, team dynamics, leadership, how to handle media praise, and how much his future depends on him growing up now. And please don’t make us reflect on our own typing, we will all have to suspend ourselves.

  • They don’t call him DGB for nothing – Drugs, Girls & Booze

    • I for one was pretty upset when DGB chose MO over AR. But we Hogs have enough trouble already. This would be just one more distraction we don’t need.

      I hope this young man gets his head on straight and figures out to live as a positive role model and teammate without the (alleged) self-destuctive behaviors.

    • The proper initials would be P.P. & P by that logic

  • Pinkel can coach and I trust in his leadership.