University of Missouri

Mizzou football player Nate Howard charged with drug felony, suspended by team

Missouri football player Nate Howard.
Missouri football player Nate Howard.

Missouri junior defensive end Nate Howard, a projected starter for the Tigers this fall, was suspended indefinitely from the football team Thursday and charged with a Class D felony for allegedly possessing psilocybin mushrooms.

Howard, 20, was arrested by University of Missouri police and remained in custody at Boone County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s website. On Friday, the jail log showed Howard had been released after posting $4,500 bond.

According to MU police, Howard, who was driving alone, was pulled over at 7:04 Wednesday night on Providence Road in Columbia for having expired tags. Police said upon further investigation, they found mushrooms and less than 10 grams of marijuana in Howard’s vehicle.

Online court records show that Boone County assistant prosecuting attorney Spencer Bartlett charged Howard with the single felony count for allegedly possessing the mushrooms. No attorney was listed for Howard.

“We are aware of the situation, and are addressing it internally. Nate is suspended indefinitely,” said Chad Moller, Missouri associate athletic director for communications.

According to University of Missouri policy, athletes charged with a felony are suspended from a team until their case is resolved and they will be dismissed from the team if convicted of a felony.

Howard posted an apology on his Twitter page Friday morning that said, in part, “I let you all down. My carelessness and actions have caused a bad representation for those I represent and by no means were I raised in such way nor have the desire to cause such harm.”

The Star’s Alec McChesney and Chris Fickett contributed to this report