Missouri Suspends WR Dorial Green-Beckham (Again)
Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is the type of talent who could one day generate a 30-for-30 type of sports documentary.
If he faded into history now, though, he hasn't done enough with his potential to be documentary-level interesting. In the least, the receiver has work to do to prevent that outcome.
The football team suspended Green-Beckham indefinitely Monday for a violation of team policies, the school announced. Green-Beckham is part of an ongoing police investigation, police told the Kansas City Star.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” coach Gary Pinkel said in a team-issued release.
“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. 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.”
It would be unfair to speculate on whether the Tigers are giving Green-Beckham preferential treatment because of his ability, but clearly they have given him every opportunity to get his act together. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound receiver twice has been arrested on drug-related charges, including a pending case stemming from an alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. (The passenger of the car has claimed responsibility for the marijuana, but police still are awaiting results from a lab, the Star reported.)
Green-Beckham has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, very good numbers for a sophomore, but many felt like he's capable of more.
The Tigers could use Green-Beckham's talent as they try to defend their SEC East title behind new starting quarterback Maty Mauk, who gained experience last year when James Franklin got hurt. But for now, the receiver's future at the school is unclear.