The Columbia Police Department said Thursday that it will not recommend charges against University of Missouri football star Dorial Green-Beckham for a break-in at a home early Sunday. Police said the woman who lives in the burglarized home does not want charges filed against Green-Beckham, even though her home is damaged and Green-Beckham pushed her down a stairway.
The 20-year-old former Hillcrest High School football player from Springfield was interviewed as part of an investigation into the reported burglary at Brookside Townhomes off Old Plant Road, south of the MU campus. Police responded to a call about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Green-Beckham was not arrested at the time.
The 19-page police report says officers learned Green-Beckham broke into the home, despite the efforts of a woman, Jordan Scott, 18, to push him out; damaged a wall by slamming the doorknob through the wall; and assaulted his girlfriend's friend, Taylor Drayton, 18, who lives there with Jordan Scott, by pushing her down four stairs.
The report says Green-Beckham was looking for Samantha Bass, his girlfriend. Bass told police that she was in the bathroom when Green-Beckham entered, and she didn't see what happened. Police described her as "extremely uncooperative."
The report says Scott opened the door because she was expecting guests. When she saw it was Green-Beckham, she told police, she tried to shut the door but he barged in.
After he was inside, the report says Green-Beckham went down some stairs and pushed Drayton "with 2 hands causing her to fall down at least 4 stairs striking the floor. Green-Beckham then left with Bass," according to the police report.
Drayton had "slight bruising and swelling of her right wrist and had limited movement of her fingers on her right hand. She did not want medical attention a the time."
While officers wanted a judge to issue a warrant for Green-Beckham's arrest for suspected first-degree burglary, the victim cited a fear of retaliation as part of her reasoning for not wanting charges against him. Drayton and Scott talked went to the police station on Sunday evening, 17 hours after Green-Beckham was in their home.
"Drayton stated she had been talking to Bass via text all day and she no longer wanted to press charges against Green-Beckham for the burglary. I asked Drayton why . . . and she stated she was afraid of the media and community backlash since Green-Beckham is a football player for the University of Missouri and is possibly going to be in the NFL draft soon," a police officer wrote.
Green-Beckham won't be eligible for the National Football League draft until the spring of 2015.
"Drayton stated she was afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged just because she was the victim. Drayton stated she did not want to deal with the mental stress of the whole ordeal it was already making her physically sick to think about it."
Scott also told police that she didn't want to press charges because "she did not want to put her friend Drayton through the mental stress of it, as as being afraid of retaliation against her and her property."
The investigating officer looked at text messages between the two women and Bass.
"I know you're so upset and I am too," Bass wrote. "Dorial was wrong in every way and you have every right to be furious. I'm not sticking up for him but football really is all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely. I agree that something should be done -- whether that's paying for what he did with money or a different way. I really just want all of us to move past this and not have this happen again by completely being done with him. I can't do this anymore. Now he's hurting friends not just me. I really am so sorry you're in this position and I never meant for this to happen."
The text continued from Green-Beckham's girlfriend.
"No part of me wants to be with him and last night made me realize so much," Bass wrote. "I'm not sticking up for him, but it's the rest of his life. he deserves to pay somehow but without football he really does have nothing. He wouldn't have nothing. He wouldn't make it in a real job. He'd be n the streets and in prison like his brothers. I understand how upset you are. I am too -- he drug me out by my kneck and hurt me too. Him hurting my friends hurts me more than you know and like I said it made me realize so much. I really am done. Just please think about it before you do anything I'm begging you."
Later, Bass asked about her friend's injured hand and the damage to the apartment wall.
"I don't think Dorial should be let off at all bc he needs to be shown that he can't just do whatever he wants bc of who he is. Have you thought about making him do classes, or counseling, and pay your hospital bill?" Bass texted.
Later, Bass seemed to refer to Green-Beckham's father, John Beckham.
"John wants your moms number please. It's serious and I'm sorry I don't mean to upset you i jus want to be done with this and let him go. I don't to deal with this either."
Later, Bass again urged Drayton not to press charges.
"And if you didn't want to press charges just say we all had a alot to drink and what not everything is fine. It jus needs to be quickly. Dorial doesn't have a phone or he would be talkjg to you not me," Bass texted.
Drayton replied "that would be lying, so basically everything on paper is made up is what I would be saying."
"It's in your hands tho," Bass texted back. You can do and say whatever you want about this. We just need to move quickly on this before he's arrested and before his warrant is made public. He will be kicked out of Mizzou and the not quality for the draft next year. The coaches talked to me and explained to e how serious this is and there's no time to waste at this point."
Later, Bass brought up John Beckham again.