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               === Missouri WR Green-Beckham kicked off team ===
 
 Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Missouri has dismissed wide receiver Dorial
 Green-Beckham from the team, the school announced Friday.
 
 The  announcement  came one day  after the  Columbia Police Department said it
 would  not arrest  Green-Beckham following  a burglary  investigation over  an
 incident that occurred last week.
 
 The  school said  the decision  to part  ways with  Green-Beckham, one  of the
 nation's  top  returning receivers,  was made  by Tigers  coach Gary Pinkel in
 conjunction with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden.
 
 Green-Beckham had been suspended indefinitely from the team on Monday for what
 the school said was a violation of team policies.
 
 "This  decision  was made  with the  best interests of  all involved in mind,"
 Pinkel  said in  a statement.  "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."
 
 Alden  said  Green-Beckham's dismissal was  "a necessary step for our football
 team, athletic department, the university and our community."
 
 "We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes," Alden said in a
 statement.  "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."
 
 In  a  statement Green-Beckham's father, John,  read over the phone to the St.
 Louis  Post-Dispatch,  the wide  receiver said he  was entering counseling and
 that he has been "young and dumb."
 
 Police  say Green-Beckham  was looking for his girlfriend early Sunday morning
 when he forced his way into an apartment and pushed a woman down at least four
 stairs.
 
 Two  women  in the apartment, including  the one pushed down the stairs, later
 told  police  they didn't  want to  press charges  against Green-Beckham and a
 warrant his arrest was withdrawn.
 
 The  police  report includes text messages  exchanged between one of the women
 and Green-Beckham's girlfriend, who pleads with the woman not to press charges
 in the case.
 
 In one text Green-Beckham's girlfriend says he dragged her by her neck, though
 she later told a domestic violence investigator that she had been drinking and
 didn't remember sending that.
 
 Another text indicates there was pressure from the football department to have
 the witnesses decline to press charges.
 
 "He  will  be kicked out of  Mizzou and (then)  not qualify for the draft next
 year,"  the text from Green-Beckham's girlfriend reads. "The coaches talked to
 me  and  explained how serious  this is  and there's no  time to waste at this
 point."
 
 Green-Beckham's  girlfriend  admitted sending the  text but denied anyone from
 the  football  program had  contacted her.  She said  coaches talked to Green-
 Beckham and he relayed the message to her.
 
 Another  witness said football teammates who were outside the apartment at the
 time of the incident urged people not to call the police.
 
 In  his  statement to  the Post-Dispatch, Green-Beckham  said, "First and most
 importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes.
 
 "Don't  blame my  girlfriend or her friends  for anything," he said. "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."
 
 Green-Beckham  was  arrested twice on  charges related to marijuana possession
 during  his time  at Missouri, including this past January, when he was riding
 in a car found to be holding a large quantity of the drug.
 
 He led the Tigers with 59 catches and 12 touchdown receptions this past season
 and  gained 883  yards through the air.  Green-Beckham would have to sit out a
 year  if he  transfers to another FBS  school. He could play next season if he
 dropped a level and transferred to an FCS program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 04/11 17:42:35 ET

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