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Pinkel dismisses Marquis Booker

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | 8:48 p.m. CDT; updated 3:35 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 15, 2009

This story was updated to identify Jeffery Parres as the registered owner of the car. The owner was incorrectly identified in a previous version.

COLUMBIA — Coach Gary Pinkel announced the dismissal of sophomore reserve linebacker Marquis Booker from the Missouri football team following the squad’s fourth spring practice Tuesday at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Booker was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon after police found a loaded 9-millimeter Ruger handgun under the front passenger seat following an incident with residents at the Gateway of Columbia apartment complex in south Columbia. Booker also was cited for an underage liquor law violation. He was released from Boone County Jail on $4,800 bond.

Passengers in the car, owned by Jeffrey Parres, All-America sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin’s legal guardian, included Maclin, junior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and George White, an incoming linebacker recruit from Harmony Prep in Cincinnati. Of the group, only Booker was arrested while others were questioned. No further action is expected.

“Marquis Booker is removed from our program,” Pinkel said. “There will be no further disciplinary action at all in regards to that unfortunate situation.

“I think there are lessons to be learned from everything.”

Team spokesman Chad Moller said Pinkel informed him about Booker’s fate late Tuesday morning.

Maclin and Weatherspoon were unavailable for comment. Weatherspoon left Dan Devine Pavilion about 10 minutes before practice’s end, and Maclin walked away without addressing reporters immediately following final drills.

“It was just a bad situation,” sophomore cornerback Carl Gettis said. “We haven’t really talked about it. We knew the rules when we got

here.

“It’s over and done with. There’s nothing we can do about it. We’re just moving on and focusing on trying to get better.”

“Coach Pinkel addressed us and that was that,” senior quarterback Chase Daniel said. “We have a no-handgun policy here, so that’s that.”

BEASLEY UPDATE: Pinkel confirmed that redshirt freshman center J.T. Beasley has a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Beasley injured the shoulder during workouts last Thursday and didn’t participate Saturday. Pinkel said he expects Beasley to undergo surgery within the next two weeks, barring unforeseen aggrevation.

“Chances are, if he were to ding it again, we’d have the surgery right away,” Pinkel said.

SCRIMMAGE SOON: Pinkel said half of Thursday’s practice will serve as a scrimmage, with hopes that each of the three units will experience 20 plays of live action. The practice is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Faurot Field and will be moved to Dan Devine Pavilion if rain is an issue. Tuesday was the Tigers’ third consecutive practice indoors.

 


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