Green-Beckham family confident that Mizzou receiver won't be charged

2014-01-13T01:05:00Z 2014-10-16T17:48:09Z Green-Beckham family confident that Mizzou receiver won't be chargedBy Dave Matter dmatter@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8508 stltoday.com

AUBURN, Ala. • The family of Dorial Green-Beckham believes the University of Missouri wide receiver will not be charged with a crime following his arrest Friday night in Springfield, Mo., for alleged drug activity, his father, John Beckham, said Saturday.

“After being interviewed he was released,’’ Beckham said in a text message to the Post-Dispatch. “We feel very confident that the investigation will result in no charges against Dorial. Dorial very much regrets being in this situation and our family looks forward to this being resolved.’’

Green-Beckham, 20, and two others were arrested after a traffic stop and taken into custody at the Greene County Jail after officers found about a pound of marijuana in their vehicle.

“It’s an ongoing investigation and we’re not going to comment now on the situation,” a Springfield police spokesman said, declining to share further details.

Green-Beckham, John W. McDaniel, 22, and Patrick W. Prouty, 20, were arrested on suspicion of felony distribution of a controlled substance, Springfield police said in a news release.

All three suspects were released without bond pending further investigation and laboratory testing of the evidence, the release said.

Police pulled over McDaniel’s 1999 Jeep Cherokee when they noticed his plates had expired in October 2013. When they made contact with McDaniel, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Officers found about a pound of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Charges were not pressed at the time of the arrest. The investigation is ongoing, the release said.

This is Green-Beckham’s second drug-related arrest since he joined the Mizzou football program. In October 2012, he and two teammates were arrested in Columbia outside of Memorial Stadium on suspicion of marijuana possession.

Green-Beckham and receiver Levi Copelin later pleaded guilty to amended city violations of trespassing. Both players, along with linebacker Torey Boozer — who later quit the team — were suspended for the team’s next game.

MU athletics department spokesman Chad Moller said the school is aware of the latest arrest and learning more about the situation.

According to athletics department policy, an athlete who is charged with a felony is suspended from all team activities until the case is resolved.

A felony conviction means automatic dismissal.Green-Beckham, who played at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, is coming off a breakout sophomore season as he led the Tigers with 59 catches and 12 touchdown receptions to go along with 883 yards.

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