Story by Philip Joens
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, shown in this January 2014 sheriff’s arrest photo, was indefinitely suspended from the team on Monday, April 7, 2014. Source: Greene County Sheriff’s office.
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri indefinitely suspended wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Monday for a violation of football team policies.
In an official Athletic Department release, coach Gary Pinkel said, “It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,”
This is the second suspension for the junior wide receiver. Green-Beckham, along with teammates Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer, were arrested on Oct. 3, 2012 for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.
Each player was suspended for one game following their arrests, and all three eventually pled guilty to second-degree trespassing.
In January 2014, Green-Beckham was arrested as a passenger in a car that contained close to one pound of marijuana. No charges were filed.
“We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with!–more–> being a <Missouri Tiger,” Pinkel said. “Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process,”
The Springfield, Mo., native arrived at the university to great fanfare in 2012. Rivals.com ranked him as the top player of the 2011-2012 recruiting class.
Green-Beckham played an important role last season in Missouri’s march to its first SEC East title. He led the team with 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Averaging 15 yards per catch, for a total of 883 yards, he finished behind L’Damian Washington in both the total yards and yards per catch categories.
The official release states that Green-Beckham will continue to have access to the school’s athletic resource center during his suspension.