A video that surfaced Monday night appearing to show Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk snorting a powdery substance is two years old, according to two of his teammates.
One teammate, who wished to remain anonymous, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Mauk has “been really turning things around” and “has been clean for a while.” In a joint statement from athletic director Mack Rhoades and head coach Barry Odom, Missouri announced an indefinite suspension for Mauk after the video was released on Monday night.
“We are currently gathering information regarding the video in question,” the statement read. “This is an issue we take very seriously and one that will not be tolerated within our program. We will take the appropriate actions once we have all the facts. In the interim, Maty Mauk has been indefinitely suspended for the Mizzou football program.”
The video shows a man resembling Mauk snorting a white powder off of a table. The man then stands up straight, rubs his nose and yells before looking at the camera.
Mauk was the team’s starting quarterback for the entire 2014 season and when the 2015 season began, but was suspended in September for violating team rules. Multiple reports indicated that the suspension stemmed from a failed drug test. Mauk was briefly reinstated to the team in October, but was again suspended for the final four games of the season.
Multiple sources confirmed that Mauk’s initial suspension last September was related to a failed drug test. The team suspected he’d been using drugs and administered the test, leading to his suspension announced Sept. 29.
Mauk was initially suspended for four weeks. Shortly after he was reinstated in Oct. 25, Mauk was suspended for the rest of the season on Nov. 1 after he was spotted having a dispute outside a downtown Columbia bar on Oc. 28, the same day he apologized to his teammates for his actions during a team meeting. Mauk has not spoken publicly since the first suspension was announced.
Another Missouri player, wide receiver Keyon Dilosa, offered similar sentiments.
After he was hired as head coach in December, Odom reinstated Mauk and said he expects Mauk to compete with Drew Lock for the starting job.
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