Dorial Green-Beckham, who will be the top returning receiver for the Missouri Tigers in 2014, was arrested on Saturday night in Columbia. The arrest was a result of “suspicion of drug activity”, and was the second drug-related offense for DGB during his time in Columbia.
On the field, Green-Beckham has world class talent. In 2013, he led Missouri with 59 receptions, 883 yards receiving and 12 receiving touchdowns. With the departures of L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas, DGB will be the primary target for new quarterback Maty Mauk next season.
However, Green-Beckham must take care of his issues off the field. A player with his skills needs to be able to stay out of trouble and be a leader for this Missouri team. If DGB, or any other high-profile player on the team, shows that he is unable to manage his own personal business, other players are not going to follow him.
Also, as Green-Beckham looks forward, many NFL teams will have questions about his actions. How can an athlete that has this much talent put himself into such a situation not once, but twice?
Green-Beckham is still a young man, but he needs to show more maturity than his has shown. His head coach, Gary Pinkel, has yet to comment on the situation, although more information was expected to be released early this week.
Even if it turns out that Green-Beckham did nothing wrong, he was at least in a position where a police officer thought he might be doing something illegal. If DGB wants to be a leader, and eventually a professional, he needs to be able to avoid such situations. And to this point, he hasn’t proven he can do that.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.