Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri’s star sophomore wide receiver, will not be arrested after being named as a suspect in the Columbia Police Department’s investigation of a burglary April 6.
Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely from the team since Monday. Team spokesman Chad Moller told The Maneater on Thursday that his status with the team remains unchanged.
According to the report obtained by The Maneater on Thursday, police were prepared to charge Green-Beckham with first-degree burglary but withdrew their warrant at the victim’s request.
Green-Beckham arrived at 310 Old Plank Road, an apartment within the Brookside Townhomes complex, and knocked on the victim’s door. The victim, an 18-year-old female, answered the door expecting guests, but attempted to shut it after realizing it was Green-Beckham.
He pushed down the door, the report said, so hard that it made a hole in the unit’s drywall. He proceeded to enter the townhome and search for his girlfriend and in the process pushed the victim down “at least four stairs” causing her bruising and limited mobility in her right hand.
Green-Beckham and his girlfriend, a guest at the unit, left the scene.
In the afternoon of April 6, the victim and another resident of the unit told police they no longer wanted to press charges. The victim said “she was afraid of the media and community backlash,” “was afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged” and “did not want to deal with the mental stress of the whole ordeal,” at the urging of Green-Beckham’s girlfriend.
In text messages to the victim listed on the report, the girlfriend wrote, “I’m not sticking up for him but football is really all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”
In subsequent messages, she wrote, “No part of me wants to be with him and last night made me realize so much. I’m not sticking up for him, but it’s the rest of his life. He deserves to pay somehow, but without football he really does have nothing. He wouldn’t make it in a real job. He’d be on the streets and in prison like his brothers,” and, “We just need to move quickly on this before he’s arrested and before his warrant is made public. He will be kicked out of Mizzou and not qualify for the draft next year. The coaches talked to me and explained how serious this is and there’s no time to waste at this point.”
Athletic department policy stipulates players charged with a felony are suspended until the resolution of the charge. First-degree burglary is a class B felony in Missouri with a sentencing recommendation of five to 15 years.
Domestic violence investigators contacted Green-Beckham’s girlfriend, 20, later in the week since text messages submitted as evidence indicated that he “drug me out by my neck and hurt me too.”
In follow-up interviews she denied those claims. She also denied that coaches contacted her, saying instead that she relayed a conversation between Green-Beckham and coaches. She also said she was drinking and did not remember much from the incident.
A woman who identified herself as the girlfriend’s mother called investigators later that day, according to the report, and requested that officers no longer contact her.
The report notes the girlfriend was “extremely uncooperative” in the investigation.
Green-Beckham’s adoptive father, John Beckham, released a statement from his son to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday, saying his son will undergo counseling during his suspension.
“First and most importantly, I take responsibility for my conduct and my mistakes,” the statement reads. “Don’t blame my girlfriend or her friends for anything. I am not looking for sympathy. I thank those who have given me concern. I have been young and dumb. I want to be better. During my suspension I’m entering counseling. With help, I know I can be stronger emotionally and spiritually. My relationship with God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches are most important in my life, not football. It may not be possible to fix everything, but it won’t be for not trying. — Dorial Green-Beckham”