ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri decided enough was enough.
Star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once heralded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, has been kicked off the team.
The move was announced Friday, a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.
“Dorial will no longer be a football player at Mizzou, will no longer be a student-athlete at Mizzou,” athletic director Mike Alden said. “Our focus for him would be that he does the things necessary for him to either learn from these things that have taken place or to be able to grow.”
Green-Beckham had been suspended indefinitely from the team, ranked No. 5 after a 12-win season last year, on Monday for unspecified violation of team rules. He met with Alden and coach Gary Pinkel that day.
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said. “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.”
Even though there wasn’t an arrest in the latest incident, Alden said it wasn’t a difficult decision.
“When you take a look at actions of individuals, whether they result in perhaps charges or not, that still doesn’t mean they are appropriate actions,” Alden said.
Green-Beckham isn’t eligible for the NFL draft until after his junior season. He’d have to sit out a year if he transfers.
In a statement given to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through his father, John Beckman, Green-Beckham accepted “responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes.”
“Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything,” the statement continued. “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.”
The dismissal is the latest black eye for Missouri sports.
“It’s been a challenging week,” Alden said to reporters. “If you think about it, it’s been a challenging couple months.