The Missouri Tigers program has and will have a few more weeks of questions to answer. So will their senior guard Michael Dixon despite his plans to transfer. Dixon, who has been suspended for violating team rules, has not played a game for the Tigers this season. Rumors have surfaced, thanks to Twitter, that Dixon has been accused on two separate occasions of sexual misconduct.
Original plans seemed to have Dixon returning to play for the Tigers and head coach Frank Haith. Haith even had the troubled player travel with the team for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Haith was even quoted saying that he was bringing Dixon with him to help the player.
“It’s all about teaching,” Haith said when asked why Dixon traveled with the team. “If I leave him back home, what does that do? I want him to feel (the pain of not playing).”
“We’re not going to be very fluid on offense right now,” Haith said in the Bahamas, where the Tigers beat Stanford and VCU but lost to then-No. 2 Louisville. “We don’t have all of our weapons. Mike Dixon and Jabari Brown are offensive weapons.”
So while all talk pointed to Dixon returning to play for the Tigers the school announced that Dixon plans on leaving the program. Dixon did release his own statement on why he plans on leaving:
“It’s been a challenging few months and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community, including my coaches and teammates, it’s in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri for me to finish my career elsewhere,” Dixon said in the statement.”
Just because Dixon is leaving the school it does not mean he’s guilty of anything. This is a continuing story and it’s worth noting that everyone should not rush to any judgments until all the facts come to light.
Well, if they ever do.