University of Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel dismissed star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the football program on Friday afternoon.
He made the decision in conjunction with Director of Athletics Mike Alden.
The announcement of the dismissal came just a couple of hours after Green-Beckham's father, John Beckham of Springfield, read a statement of apology to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Beckham said Green-Beckham wrote the statement, in which he said he is entering a rehab program. Beckham has not provided the statement to reporters in Springfield, where Green-Beckham starred at Hillcrest High School before graduating in 2012.
“This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said in a news release. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start,” he said.
“We have a high standard of conduct for our student-athletes,” Alden said in a news release. “Though we provide the resources and mentoring to all of our student-athletes, we are also responsible to the community at large and to the ideals and values of the University of Missouri. We have determined that this was a necessary step for our football team, athletic department, the University and our community,” he said.
Here's the statement that Beckham read to the Post-Dispatch on behalf of his son.
“First and most importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes. Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern.
"I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football.
"It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying."