Not only professional athletes, actors, and singers have been facing situations which involve potential criminal charges in recent news. Unfortunately, former University of Missouri football player Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from the team Monday and dismissed Friday, after police arrived to a Columbia apartment complex, which had reported Green-Beckham forcing his way into a woman’s apartment and pushing her down several stairs. This was not the college player’s first brush with the law as he was arrested in January for marijuana possession. The temporarily grounded rising star plans to attend counseling during his break from the Tigers.
When asked to release a statement regarding his dismissal, Green-Beckham declared that he was “young and dumb.”
This worrisome trend of college-level athletes having multiple run-ins with the law should send a message to universities nationwide. The centers for higher education should take more care to ensure that their athletes are aware of their occupation. Each and every incident that involves a player breaking the law tarnishes that specific player’s reputation as well as that of their alma mater and even the reputation of the institution as a whole.
“Young and dumb” cannot be permitted as an excuse for athletes such as DGB when small children previously admired him as an accessible public figure.