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Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed from Missouri football program

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Dorial Green-Beckham was the class of 2012's No. 1 overall recruit. (USATSI)
Dorial Green-Beckham was the class of 2012's No. 1 overall recruit. (USATSI)
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Friday that Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the Tigers' football program.

"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," Pinkel said in a statement issued by the Missouri athletic department. “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 was suspended indefinitely by Pinkel Monday. That decision came in the wake of a weekend incident in which police were called to a Columbia apartment complex after Green-Beckham allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed a female victim "down at least four stairs." Green-Beckham was not arrested and is not facing charges from the incident.

Per Missouri's statement, Pinkel's decision was made in conjunction with Tiger athletic director Mike Alden.

“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."

Green-Beckham issued a statement earlier Friday saying he had been "young and dumb" and that he would use the time away from the team to attend counseling.

The rising junior was arrested in January on a marijuana possession charge that was later dismissed after another passenger in the vehicle in question took ownership of the marijuana. As a freshman, Green-Beckham was suspended for a game after being one of five players arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

Green-Beckham's father John Beckham told the Columbia Daily Tribune his son was "devastated" by the decision and that he had "no idea" what Green-Beckham's next move would be.

The No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2012, Green-Beckham had shown flashes of immense potential as a true freshman before breaking out as a sophomore in 2013, finishing second on the team with 883 receiving yards and leading the Tigers with 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns, helping the Tigers to a shock SEC East title.

Also, Green-Beckham will not be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft.

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