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COLUMBIA, MO. • With Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk suspended for the third time in four months, teammates came to his defense Tuesday, the day after a video emerged showing Mauk appear to snort a line of white powder, prompting Mizzou to suspend the former starter indefinitely.

The nine-second video, posted Monday on Twitter, was taken two years ago and the quarterback has since addressed his drug problem, a Mizzou teammate told the Post-Dispatch. The player asked that he not be identified discussing a sensitive matter.

Mauk’s initial suspension last September was related to a failed drug test, multiple sources confirmed. The team suspected he’d been using drugs and administered the test, leading to his suspension announced Sept. 29.

According to the Mizzou student-athlete handbook, the penalty for a first positive drug test does not include a suspension, but the athlete might be required to participate in a substance abuse treatment program and is subject to unannounced drug tests for one year. A second positive drug test carries a minimum seven-day suspension from games and practices and mandatory participation in a treatment program.

Starting Sept. 29, Mauk, 17-5 as a starter at MU since 2013, was suspended for four weeks. Former coach Gary Pinkel reinstated Mauk on Oct. 25, but six days later Mauk, 22, was suspended for the rest of the season after he was spotted having a dispute outside a downtown Columbia bar on Oct. 28, the same day he apologized to his teammates during a team meeting. Mauk has not spoken publicly since the first suspension was announced.

After he was hired to replace Pinkel, Mizzou coach Barry Odom reinstated Mauk in December and cleared him to rejoin team activities. When he met with reporters at the Post-Dispatch on Dec. 23, Odom said he expected Mauk to compete with Drew Lock for the starting quarterback job when spring practices begin.

“He’s on our team now, and just like every other player he’s going to have very strict guidelines on what they can and can’t do,” Odom said.

Mauk’s teammate told the Post-Dispatch the quarterback has “been really turning things around” since the end of the season and “has been clean for a while.” The actions depicted in the video were related to what got Mauk suspended initially, the teammate said. When Mauk returned to Columbia from the holiday break, the teammate said “he looked great and was really turning his life around.”

Shortly after the video went viral Monday night, Mizzou athletics director Mack Rhoades and Odom announced in a joint statement that Mauk was suspended indefinitely.

The statement read: “We are currently gathering information regarding the video in question. This is an issue we take very seriously and one that will not be tolerated within our program. We will take the appropriate actions once we have all the facts. In the interim, Maty Mauk has been indefinitely suspended for the Mizzou football program.”

Missouri did not update Mauk’s status on Tuesday.

The video was posted on Twitter showing a male who clearly resembles Mauk bent over a line of white powder. The person appears to snort the line but leaves most of it on the table. He stands up, rubs his nose, screams and smiles at the camera as the video ends. Mauk’s hair in the video is much longer than his current haircut. It’s unclear who created the account that posted the video, @Ray56King, a parody account of former Cardinals relief pitcher Ray King. The tweet included the message, “Matty Mauk missing the line, just like he misses his receivers. #Mizzou #Rocktober #MattyIce @TMAFanpage @TMASTL

On Tuesday, several teammates backed the quarterback on Twitter.

“I’ve known @M_MAUK_7 for a year, and he’s been better than ever. Mistakes were made, but solutions have been found,” tweeted offensive lineman Malik Cuellar, who was suspended for a week last season the same time as Mauk. “It’s not my choice but I feel his life is being destroyed by a past event and if we were to punish him we might as well punish everyone who’s ever made any mistake.”

“Maty made a mistake and everyone has made mistakes in their lives,” wide receiver Keyon Dilosa tweeted. “He’s still growing just like each of us on this team and on this campus. … Maty learned his lesson and has been clean for a while now. Being a collegiate football player means that you are in the public eye always, people want you to be the bad guy and it just so happened that someone had that video from years ago and could release it at any moment and potentially ruin one of my family members lives.”


Our original story on Mauk's suspension, published late Monday night: 

COLUMBIA, MO. • For the third time in four months Missouri has suspended quarterback Maty Mauk. In a joint statement released Monday night, Mizzou athletics director Mack Rhoades and football coach Barry Odom said they were gathering information about a video posted on social media depicting Mauk appearing to snort a line of white powder.

The statement read: “We are currently gathering information regarding the video in question. This is an issue we take very seriously and one that will not be tolerated within our program. We will take the appropriate actions once we have all the facts. In the interim, Maty Mauk has been indefinitely suspended for the Mizzou football program.”

On Monday night, a nine-second video was posted on Twitter showing a male who clearly resembles Mauk bent over a line of white powder. The person appears to snort the line but leaves most of it on the table. He stands up, rubs his nose, screams and smiles at the camera as the video ends.

It’s unclear when the video was taken or who created the account, @Ray56King, which features a profile photo of former Cardinals relief pitcher Ray King. The tweet includes the message, “Matty Mauk missing the line, just like he misses his receivers. #Mizzou #Rocktober #MattyIce @TMAFanpage @TMASTL

@TMASTL is the Twitter account for The Morning After, the morning show on CBSSports 920 AM in St. Louis.

Mauk was suspended for four games during the 2015 regular season for violating undisclosed team rules, then again for the remaining four games after he was briefly reinstated. Mauk was spotted having a dispute outside a downtown Columbia bar, prompting his second suspension.

After he was hired to replace head coach Gary Pinkel, Odom reinstated Mauk in December and cleared him to rejoin team activities.

When he met with reporters at the Post-Dispatch on Dec. 23, Odom said he expected Mauk to compete with Drew Lock for the starting quarterback job when spring practices begin.

“We met and I spent some time with (Mauk) not too long ago,” Odom said. “I wanted to get his feel on where he was and what he wanted to do quite frankly.”

After meeting with Mauk, Odom discussed the situation with Mizzou administration, including Rhoades.

“He’s on our team now, and just like every other player he’s going to have very strict guidelines on what they can and can’t do,” Odom said. “The quarterback position is different than any position on the team and different than any position in sports. Those guys are going to be held very, very accountable for everything they do. They’re a representative of me and our football program and university.

“He’ll get started with us in January and just like a number of other guys they’ve got a list of things they have to get done to build trust in all the things we ask at that position and other guys on the team.”

Dave Matter is the Mizzou beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.