April 11th, 2014 11:04 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Missouri
Tags: Coaching Hell, East Division, MU
So much for the good news.
The talented Missouri wideout has been as big a problem off the field as he has been a star on it during his brief tenure in Columbia. Tall, rangy and fast on the gridiron. Mercurial, troublesome and a lightning rod for trouble in everyday life.
Green-Beckham is currently suspended indefinitely from the Mizzou team. It’s the third time he’s been suspended. The first two came after a pair of drug-related arrests in 2012 and then in January. This one, while no charges are going to be filed, is more troubling.
The women involved in this week’s break-in have decided not to press charges. One of the women claimed she was “afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged just because she was the victim.” Victim of what, you say? The incident report says Green-Beckham forced his way into an apartment, shoved a female causing her to “fall down at least four stairs. A text from his girlfriend after the fact suggested she had also been grabbed and dragged by the neck.
The female who was shoved had a bruised and swollen wrist when police arrived.
The girlfriend refused to help police, claiming that she hadn’t seen or heard anything. But her text messages to another victim — begging her not to press charges — were entered into evidence. One said:
“I agree that something should be done — whether that’s paying for what he did with money or a different way … Now he’s hurting my friends not just me. I really am so sorry you’re in this position and I never meant for this to happen.”
The girlfriend told her friend that filing charges would ruin Green-Beckham’s career and “football is really all he has going for him.”
Green-Beckham is already on his third chance. Physical violence — towards women, no less — is a step up in criminal behavior, whether the women were too scared to press charges or not. Considering the bad press the Missouri football program received in January with relation to an alleged sexual assault on an MU swimmer, there’s little reason to allow Green-Beckham to continue to represent the University in its highest-profile sport.
Ah, but that “little reason” to keep him around is his physical ability. Green-Beckham figures to be a big part of the Tigers’ push for another East Division title and bowl game this fall. Which leaves Gary Pinkel — the man Green-Beckham keeps ignoring — in one hell of a fix.
Green-Beckham was one of the top players in the country when he signed with Pinkel’s program. Fans love his on-field talents. If he’s still on the team this fall you can bet he’ll be cheered on adoringly by 60,000+ screaming Tiger fans. This is college football after all.
And while some might support a decision by Pinkel to rid his squad of a player who is clearly a troubled young man, let Mizzou lose a game or two this fall and the head coach would receive zero credit for doing what’s right. That’s not how the game works. There are no free passes, even when they’re deserved.
But what’s right is to boot Green-Beckham. He’s had numerous chances to clean himself up. Instead, he continues to hurt himself, the University of Missouri’s reputation, Pinkel’s program and — most importantly — at least two women this past Sunday morning. One of them decided not to press charges because she “was afraid of the media and community backlash.” Pinkel needs to say “to hell with the community backlash” and do what’s right by the school. If Green-Beckham were a walk-on he’d have never been given chances two and three. There would certainly be no discussion about him possibly receiving a fourth chance.
But because he gave his star receiver a third chance, Pinkel now sits in Coaching Hell. Damned if he does boot one of his best players; damned if he doesn’t boot a player who appears to be a Class A thug.
Update: DGB dismissed from the team.
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