COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has officially been released from the University of Missouri football team.
The decision was made by Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel in conjunction with Director of Athletics Mike Alden and announced Friday afternoon.
"This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind," said Pinkel. "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."
On Monday, 20-year-old Green-Beckham was suspended from the team indefinitely.
On Thursday NewsChannel 5 obtained reports from the Columbia Police Department detailing why he wasn't charged for an incident that allegedly happened last weekend.
Alden held a news conference Friday afternoon to address Green-Beckham's dismissal. He said he supports Pinkel's decision to let Green-Beckham go, and that actions over the last few months are unacceptable.
"When we see actions take place that are inconsistent with what we expect to represent this institution, then we have to address those," said Alden.
When asked about text messages that indicated some of the football coaches had spoken with Green-Beckham's girlfriend about what could happen if charges are filed, Alden said he looked into that, talked to all of the coaches, and has been assured that conversation did not take place.