Gary Pinkel isn’t known for discussing matters like this with the media.
It was announced Monday that Missouri had indefinitely suspended All-SEC receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and on Tuesday Pinkel did something he usually doesn’t do: discuss it with the media, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I’ve been doing this for 14 years,” he said. “I had a release yesterday. I’ve never discussed disciplinary issues in 14 years.
“Obviously, I have 126 players and I’m responsible for every one of them. I take that responsibility, just like I have with the three kids that I raised. Obviously, I’m disappointed. I’m frustrated. We run this program with integrity. We teach our players to be accountable, responsible people. When they make mistakes — they’re going to make some mistakes — but when they’re serious mistakes, obviously that stings. It stings me. It stings the players. It stings our fans. My job is to get that fixed. That’s what I intend to do.”
The suspension is from an incident that came to light in the last 24 hours.
A Tuesday report from the Kansas City Star said Columbia police released a report related to DGB regarding an alleged first-degree burglary, but DGB’s role is unclear. No one has been charged, and DGB hasn’t been arrested. Residents at the location told the Columbian-Missourian that Green-Beckham was involved in an incident at the same location around when the 2:36 a.m. incident occurred.
The police are expected to release a completed report of the incident in the following days.
Receiver is one position in which the Tigers have plenty of depth, and if DGB doesn’t play in 2014, the Tigers’ offense will have lost their top three pass catchers of L’Damian Washington, Green-Beckham and Marcus Lucas. Most of the burden would fall on Bud Sasser, the Tigers’ second-leading returning receiver, who only caught one touchdown last year, along with Darius White, J’Mon Moore and Jake Brents. But no doubt Green-Beckham is the Tigers’ top receiving talent, and he’s arguably the top receiver in the SEC.
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