Missouri coach Gary Pinkel indefinitely suspended star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial,” Pinkel said in a release from MU athletics.
Green-Beckham is part of an ongoing investigation by Columbia Police, according to Sgt. Joe Bernhard, but has not been arrested.
Bernhard would not comment further but said information about the investigation would be available later in the week.
For now, Green-Beckham — who had a team-best 59 catches for 883 yards with a team-high 12 touchdowns last season — is suspended from all team activities per university policy, but he will have access to the academic resource center.
“We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently,” Pinkel said. “Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we’ll work with him during this process.
“It’s been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It’s frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren’t representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.”
Green-Beckham also was arrested in October 2012 for misdemeanor possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium. He and three other Missouri football players who also were in the car later pleaded guilty to second-degree trespassing.
Springfield Police public affairs officer Lisa Cox said the department still is awaiting results from the state lab in Green-Beckham’s January arrest for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony.
That case is pending, although another passenger in the car admitted ownership of the marijuana in that case.