by Jason Butt
April 12, 02014
Missouri announced it has dismissed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from its football team.
Green-Beckham was recently investigated for allegedly assaulting a woman during a burglary. No chargers were filed and police consider the case close since the victim does not want to press charges.
Still, the details that emerged were apparently disturbing enough for the Missouri athletic department to make this decision. Green-Beckham allegedly pushed a friend of his girlfriend's down four stairs while searching for said girlfriend in her apartment.
"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement. "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."
Green-Beckham released a statement of his own which was published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“First and most importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes," the statement read. "Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern.
"I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football.
"It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying."
Green-Beckham was regarded as the top overall recruit in 2012. As a sophomore in 2013, Green-Beckham had 883 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
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