Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham remains indefinitely suspended after the team’s leading receiver was involved in a burglary investigation, although no charges have been filed, and today the rising junior released a statement through his adopted father John Beckham to Dave Matter of the Post-Dispatch.
“First and most importantly, I take responsibly 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. — Dorial Green Beckham”
The 6-6, 225-pound receiver had 59 receptions for 883 yards and led the SEC with 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013. Green-Beckham was expected to be on a number of preseason All-American teams and a likely candidate to enter the NFL draft after his junior season and be a potential first round pick.
I sincerely hope this is not just lip service or damage control for the promising, yet troubled receiver, and he learns from this ugly incident and grows as a man and nothing remotely close like this will happen again.