Not too long ago, Dorial Green-Beckham was considered the top wide receiving prospect in the nation. After a slow freshman season, the talented wide out bounced back with a much better sophomore season, but his success on the field seemed to lead to some failures off the field, getting arrest twice since October of 2012.
Now, the Missouri Tigers have decided to suspend the top-tier wide out for a violation of team rules. What is it that is affecting the WR, making it tough for him to stay out of trouble?
After an arrest for drug-related charges in 2012, it seemed like Green-Beckham had learned his lesson and he responded by recording career-highs in yards, 883, receptions, 59, and touchdowns, 12, during the Tigers’ successful 2013 season.
The team was one of the biggest surprises in college football and Green-Beckham was finally living up to the hefty expectations that were placed upon him even before he stepped foot onto campus.
Just a week after the Tigers’ season was over, Green-Beckham was arrested once again for drug-related charges. He was caught with a pound of marijuana in the car he was riding in. People began to wonder if he would ever learn from his mistakes.
Well, it seems like the school is giving him a wake-up call with a suspension that will keep the top wide receiver out indefinitely and his junior season might be a bit shorter than most.
If he wants to eventually take the next step to the NFL and avoid the distinction of a “waste of talent”, Green-Beckham is going to have to take this suspension to heart and realize that there are more important things in life than acting stupid with friends.
This may not be a drug-related suspension, although all signs point to it, but the former highly-touted recruit needs to do some growing up — and do it now.
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