Mizzou Dismisses DGB From Football Team

Published 04/11 2014 03:18PM

Updated 04/11 2014 05:17PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri announced on Friday that Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the football program.

According to a news release, Head Coach Gary Pinkel and Director of Athletics Mike Alden made the decision.

"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," said Pinkel.  "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."

Alden said, "We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes.  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."

On Thursday, Columbia Police said no arrests would be made in connection with a break-in involving Green-Beckham last weekend.

Police said Green-Beckham pushed open an apartment door at 2:30 Sunday morning, entered and pushed a female in that apartment down four stairs.

He then left the apartment with his girlfriend.

The person who was injured decided not to press charges because she was afraid of media and community backlash since Green-Beckham was a Mizzou football player.

Green-Beckham was arrested in Springfield in January and that case is still being investigated as police await lab results.

Prior to the dismissal announcement on Friday, Green-Beckham's father released a statement to KOLR10 on behalf of his son.

“First and most 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.”

Prior to going to Mizzou, Green-Beckham was a star wide-receiver at Hillcrest High School in Springfield.  He was one of the most sought after recruits his senior year.

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