Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham, one of the top wide receivers in the SEC last season, has been suspended indefinitely from the program by head coach Gary Pinkel for a violation of team policies.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” 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.
Green-Beckham, who was the Rivals No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2012, caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in his sophomore season for the SEC East division champions.
“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,” Pinkel said.
Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star is reporting that Green-Beckham has not been arrested by Columbia Police, but he is part of “an ongoing investigation.”
This is not the first off-field incident for Green-Beckham during his time at Missouri. As a true freshman in 2012, he was charged with marijuana possession and was suspended for a game. The misdemeanor possession charge was later dropped after he pled guilty to a reduced charge of trespassing.
Green-Beckham was also arrested on Jan. 10 when he was a passenger in a car found to have a pound of marijuana, but he was never charged after court documents showed that the marijuana did not belong to him.
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