In a surprising break from his long-standing policy, Gary Pinkel has decided to publicly address a disciplinary measure taken against one of his Missouri football players.
As you no doubt know by now, star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was indefinitely suspended by the Mizzou football program Monday, officially for violating unspecified team rules and unofficially as he’s caught up in yet another police investigation. It’s the second time the receiver has been suspended, and the third time his name has been attached to a legal “situation.”
Following Tuesday’s practice, Green-Beckham’s head coach didn’t even attempt to hide his disappointment at the continued antics of one of his players.
“Obviously, I have 126 players and I’m responsible for every one of them. I take that responsibility, just like I have with the three kids that I raised. Obviously, I’m disappointed. I’m frustrated. We run this program with integrity. We teach our players to be accountable, responsible people. When they make mistakes — they’re going to make some mistakes — but when they’re serious mistakes, obviously that stings. It stings me. It stings the players. It stings our fans. My job is to get that fixed. That’s what I intend to do.”
Those stark, straight-to-the-point comments came immediately after Pinkel stated he’s “been doing this for 14 years… [and] I’ve never discussed disciplinary issues in 14 years.”
The latest off-field misstep for one of the most talented receivers in the country is also one of the most confusing. While Green-Beckham is part of a Columbia Police Department probe into an alleged burglary, it’s unclear what role, if any, he played. From the Kansas City Star, reporting from what appears to be a very generic police report released Tuesday:
The report does not name any person, so it is not known whether Green-Beckham is a suspect, victim or witness. No one has been charged in the case, and Green-Beckham has not been arrested. Police are expected to release a complete incident report in the next few days.
The report says a first-degree burglary was reported at 2:36 a.m. Sunday at the Brookside Townhomes, 310 Old Plank Road.
Residents told the Columbia Missourian that Green-Beckham was involved in an incident there around that time. One resident said he saw a woman hit a white Dodge Charger, driven by Green-Beckham, as it left the parking lot.
Green-Beckham led the Tigers in receptions (59) and receiving touchdowns (12) in 2013, a year after he being rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2012. The off-field issues, though, continue to crop up at an alarming rate.
In January of this year, he was arrested on felony drug charges, although it was subsequently reported that court documents showed there was no evidence the player was selling marijuana. That incident remains under investigation and the charges unresolved. In October of 2012, Green-Beckham was one of three Mizzou football players arrested for pot possession.