On Friday, the Missouri Tigers announced that talented wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham had been dismissed from the football program. Green-Beckham was involved in an incident where he allegedly forced his way into a female student’s apartment, then shoved her down four stairs.
This was just the latest episode in the drama that has been Green-Beckham’s career in Columbia. When he signed with the Tigers out of high school, it was seen as a recruiting coup for Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel and his staff. Green-Beckham was rated as the top receiver in the country, and the top player by some recruiting services.
However, during his time in Columbia, trouble seemed to follow Green-Beckham. He was involved in another incident earlier this year when the car he was in was found to have marijuana inside. Green-Beckham was not arrested, but clearly was not where he should have been at that time.
Give Pinkel a lot of credit here. He absolutely made the right decision. Missouri is coming off of a 12-2 season and the program has quite a bit of momentum heading into the 2014 season. Having legal issues hanging over one of the team’s more talented players was not the best scenario for the team. And while quarterback Maty Mauk and running back Russell Hansbrough will have to carry a heavier load in 2014, this decision was the right one.
And, Pinkel has sent a message to Green-Beckham as well. That message is that it’s time to grow up and stop wasting all of the talent that he has.
Pinkel hopes that by giving DGB a “fresh start”, as he said in the school’s official release, that he can land on his feet and get his life headed in the right direction.
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.