It may be time to say good-bye
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:22:44 GMT —
We've all been late for work or missed work entirely.
Your kid's sick.
Your cat's sick.
Your aunt died.
One of these reasons in a short period of time is totally understood and accepted. Two in a short period time, well, sure, life happens.
But three in a short period of time? Life happens, but at some point, you have to raise the red flag. Reasons turn into excuses. At some point, you must say good-bye.
How many sick cats and dead aunts can you have, anyway?
Enter Dorial Green-Beckham. This isn't about being late for work, this is a bit more serious. But it's the same scenario.
Missouri wide receiver DGB was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in the Fall of 2012. About 15 months later, he was arrested this January for "suspicion of drug activity."
Hey, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.
Now this. According to several reports, DGB has been implicated in a criminal assault investigation, and possibly burglary, for an incident late last week.
DGB ... Dumb Guy Blundering. Or Dumb Guy Blowing it.
Or three strikes and you're out.
The 6-6, 225-pound five-star recruit, a seemingly can't-miss player, was suspended indefinitely from the Missouri football program on Monday --- his third "indefinite" suspension from the team in 18 months --- because of these latest allegations.
"It's unfortunate, but it's the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial," Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. "We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those expectations."
Strong words. The recent allegations have not been 100 percent confirmed by police or authorities. But in my mind, they have been confirmed. Pinkel would not have made this move, or said these things, unless there was something there.
"Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we'll work with him during the 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."
Pinkel had some of his own issues a few years ago, if you recall, and addressing them is not a pleasant thing. Rest assured, he made this decision and produced this statement --- made in consultation with Athletic Director Mike Alden --- because he believed there was solid foundation and evidence.
DGB has taken on a lot of baggage in a short period time, but it could always be worse. Last week, MU basketball player Zach Price --- a transfer from Louisville --- was arrested twice in the same day on suspicion of assault stemming from two separate incidents.
TWICE IN THE SAME DAY! WOW!
In a way, that's impressive.
Maybe they were having a two-for-one special at the jail.
It's time to say good-bye to DGB. If I'm wrong, I will write another column retracting all of the above thoughts, apologize profusely, come do his laundry, and send DGB a round-trip bus ticket to Colorado where one of his favorite hobbies is legal.
If the tickets are late, well, my cat's sick.