Saturday, January 11, 2014
Mizzou's Dorial Green-Beckham arrested
By Edward Aschoff
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in an incident that police say is tied to illegal drugs. The sophomore standout was later released.
The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released Monday, but police said Green-Beckham, who caught a team-high 59 passes with 883 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, was arrested early Saturday on "suspicion of drug activity."
This is the second time Green-Beckham, who proved to be the Tigers' most talented receiver in 2013, has been arrested on drug-related chargers. In 2012, Green-Beckham was charged with marijuana possession after he and two teammates were reportedly smoking marijuana in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium. All three later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing in the case.
A jail spokesman told the Missouri student newspaper, The Maneater, that Green-Beckham's release "probably means he wasn’t involved with what they thought he was involved in."
Clearly, with no official comments coming out until after the weekend, there is a lot we still don't know, including how involved Green-Beckham truly is with this whole mess. With this being his second drug-related arrest, you have to wonder if its time that he reevaluate the situations he puts himself in. He's the unquestioned future of this program and has the talent to be a true star as the guy at receiver for the Tigers this fall.
But he has to stay out of trouble and stay in the good graces with his teammates and coaches. With seniors L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas graduating, everyone will turn to Green-Beckham to be the man. Players will start to look up to him and coaches will expect him to take more of a leadership role moving forward, especially with youngster Maty Mauk taking over at quarterback.
Green-Beckham showed a lot of maturity after his first arrest, which really pleased the Mizzou coaching staff. But if he was involved in this, some trust is going to be lost with him. He'll have to work his way back yet again and prove that he can be the leader and player people in Columbia expect him to be.