Missouri football: Dorial Green-Beckham investigation could take months

Monday, January 13, 2014 | 3:34 p.m. CST; updated 7:48 p.m. CST, Monday, January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — Don’t expect any updates on Dorial Green-Beckham’s drug charges in the next few days.

Springfield Police Capt. Vance Holland said a decision probably would not be made for at least a week because of pending laboratory results. Holland referred to Saturday’s press release as the most current update on the situation.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson provided a much longer timetable: three to six months. That’s the length of time it could take for the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime lab to determine which drugs, if any, were in Green-Beckham’s system and how much.

The Missouri athletics department stands by its official comments from Saturday.

“We’re aware of the situation and are working to learn more,” sports information director Chad Moller said.

Green-Beckham’s Saturday morning arrest in Springfield — his hometown — made national sports news. It was the Missouri wide receiver’s second arrest in as many years with the program and the second related to marijuana.

The 6-foot-6 former No. 1 high school recruit caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He is expected to start for the Tigers in 2014, and some NFL Draft pundits already list him as a first-round prospect in 2015.

Green-Beckham (@Dorial GB5) took to Twitter on Saturday to release his first and only statement since the arrest:

“People judge before knowing what happen,” the tweet read. “Let’s not judge me for what happen and don’t saying anything to me to try to bring me down.”

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