After being suspended indefinitely on Monday for a violation of team policies, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham released a statement through his father John Beckham to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying that he would be entering counseling. Green-Beckham was allegedly involved in an altercation with his girlfriend and two other women late Saturday night, but police said they would not be making any arrests.
“First and most importantly, I take responsibility 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."
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel released a statement after Green-Beckham was suspended earlier this week, saying:
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial. We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process. It’s been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It’s frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.”
Green-Beckham, who caught 59 balls for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns, was also involved in a police investigation stemming from a traffic stop in which Green-Beckham was a passenger in a vehicle that contained a pound of marijuana. He was suspended in 2012 for one game as a result of a marijuana arrest.
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