Dorial Green-Beckham has been dismissed from the football program at the University of Missouri. The decision was made by Head Coach Gary Pinkel, along with Director of Athletics Mike Alden.
“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,” he said.
“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” said Alden. “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,” he said.
AUDIO Mike Alden’s full press conference from Friday
Through a statement released by his father John Beckham, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Green-Beckham said, “First and most importantly, I take responsibly 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.”