Missouri Tigers star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s off-the-field issues proved too much for Coach Gary Pinkel and the football program. On Friday, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Green-Beckham had been dismissed from Mizzou.
Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the football program, Missouri announces
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 11, 2014
Beckham was indefinitely suspended from the program earlier in the week for a violation of team policies. It was later reported that Green-Beckham had forced his way into a girl’s apartment, where he pushed her down stairs. Charges were not pressed due to the girl being concerned with backlash.
Green-Beckham also had two run-ins with the law regarding marijuana while at Missouri.
The (soon-to-be) junior wide receiver ends his career at Mizzou having collected 87 receptions for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns. The former No. 1-overall recruit (per Rivals) would have entered the 2014 season as the Tigers’ best weapon, and one of the top receivers in the country.
*UPDATE* Pinkel and Missouri AD Mike Alden released the following statement on the situation:
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel stated. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start.”
“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” Alden said. “Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community.”