The Missouri Tigers grew up in a major way in 2013 as they won the SEC East and played for the SEC Championship just two years into their membership of arguably the toughest football conference in the country. A major piece of the turnaround this season has been the play of sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who led the team in receptions this season and emerged as a legitimate playmaker in the passing game. But after getting arrested again, is Green-Beckham turning into a problem for Missouri?
According to police reports, Green-Beckham was arrested on Saturday for “suspicion of drug activity” before being released later in the day. This is the second time that the talented wide receiver has had a run-in with the authorities because of drugs following an arrest in October 2012 for marijuana possession. He and two teammates reportedly were caught smoking marijuana in a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium and all three later plead guilty to second-degree trespassing in the case.
There’s no denying the talent level of Green-Beckham on the field. He was instrumental in getting Missouri on track in 2013 with his 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. He appeared to have figured out his huge potential which made him a top prospect coming out of high school after what was a ho-hum freshman season that was hampered by injuries in 2012. His breakout season in 2013 was a major reason why many felt that Missouri would be able to sustain their success in 2014 with a new quarterback, Maty Mauk, under center.
The investigation in this incident is still ongoing and the school is monitoring it closely to determine what they will do with their talented receiver who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. If Green-Beckham gets into hot water, will he have a future at Missouri or will he have to try and find redemption somewhere else?