Suspended Mizzou wide receiver Dorial Green Beckham has been dismissed from the Missouri Tigers' football team. The university released a statement Friday afternoon saying the decision was made by Head Coach Gary Pinkel in conjunction with Athletics Director Mike Alden.
In a statement, Coach Pinkel said, "This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind." He went on to say, "Dorial's priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs." He added, "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."
Director Alden also commented, saying in a statement, "We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes." He added that the athletics department is "responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri." He called Green Beckham's dismissal, "a necessary step" for the team, the department, the school and the community."
Earlier in the day Green Beckham had released a statement. His father, John Beckham shared the statement by phone with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Friday. Beckham told the paper his son wrote the statement himself.
"First and more importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes. 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. - Dorial Green Beckham"
Green Beckham had been the subject of a burglary investigation after allegedly forcing his way into an apartment Sunday morning in a dispute with his girlfriend. The investigation was closed after the victims declined to press charges saying they feared community backlash. On Monday, Coach Gary Pinkel had announced Green Beckham's indefinite suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.