Mizzou's Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed from football program
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COLUMBIA, MO (KCTV) -
Dorial Green-Beckham, the No. 1 high school football player in the country, has been dismissed from the football program at the University of Missouri.
The decision about the wide receiver who arrived at the university two years ago was made by Head Coach Gary Pinkel and Director of Athletics Mike Alden.
"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," Pinkel said. "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."
On April 7, Green-Beckham was indefinitely suspended from the program for a violation of team policies. His suspension included practices and team activities, but Green-Beckham continued to have access to the academic resource center.
"It's unfortunate, but it's the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department and also for Dorial," Pinkel said on April 7. "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 all came after Green-Beckham was part of a burglary investigation in Columbia. The alleged burglary occurred at his girlfriend's home, but she and her friend decided not to press charges, which is why Green-Beckham was not charged.
In January the wide receiver was arrested in southwest Missouri after an officer found about a pound of marijuana in the vehicle he was in with two other men.
He led the Tigers this past year in touchdowns and catches.
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