Missouri dismisses WR Dorial Green-Beckham from team after latest off-field incident

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By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer

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.

Pinkel said Green-Beckham needs to be focused on getting help, and that the school would do all it could. The decision was made by Pinkel in conjunction with Alden.

"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."

Beckham coached his son at Springfield Hillcrest High and adopted Green-Beckham and his younger brother, Darnell, who signed a letter of intent to attend Missouri in February.

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.

"It's unacceptable to be able to see that type of behavior."

Alden said he met with all of the coaches in all sports for a half-hour Monday, "reminding them what our core values are, what our expectations are for all of us, how we're all accountable for the actions of our students and our staff, and how it's critically important that every time we see something, we hear something, we own it."

Alden said he's also met with "every single student-athlete at Mizzou over the last four days."

"It never, ever comes off no matter where you are and what you're doing," Alden said. "You're always going to be representing Mizzou."

Louisville transfer Zach Price was kicked off the basketball team after being arrested twice last week on four counts of suspicion of assault. Another Missouri player, Earnest Ross, filed a petition in Boone County Circuit Court earlier this month seeking a protection order against Price.

An independent report released Friday said the school failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide.