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No charges pressed against Missouri's Green-Beckham; women cite fear of backlash

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 8:34 p.m. CDT; updated 10:33 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department has concluded its investigation into a Sunday incident involving Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and will not make any arrests after the victims of the incident declined to press charges. 

According to an incident report obtained by the Missourian on Thursday, the alleged victims feared the media and community backlash that could result from the incident, given Green-Beckham's status as a Missouri football player. Green-Beckham was suspended by the team Monday for an unspecified violation of team rules, and his status remains unchanged. 

This was the third incident of police involvement in Green-Beckham's career at Missouri. He was arrested in January on suspicion of marijuana possession and also was arrested and suspended from the team for one game because of a marijuana-related arrest during his freshman year.

The Police Department identified Green-Beckham as the suspect in an incident involving him, his girlfriend and two other women at 2:36 a.m. Sunday. The police investigation was for an alleged burglary, which can involve knowingly and unlawfully entering or remaining in a building for the purpose of committing a crime. 

According to the report, Green-Beckham knocked on the door of an apartment at Brookside Townhomes, at 310 W. Old Plank Road. One of the occupants of the apartment opened the door because she was expecting company and tried to close the door when she realized it was Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham then pushed the door open with enough force to put a hole in the drywall of the wall next to the door, according to the report.

Green-Beckham came to the apartment to look for his girlfriend, according to the report. Another occupant of the apartment was standing on the stairs and Green-Beckham pushed her down the stairs with both hands, causing her to fall down at least four stairs, the report said. Green-Beckham and his girlfriend then left the apartment.

The victim had slight bruising and swelling of her right wrist and had limited movement of her fingers on her right hand as a result of being pushed down the stairs, according to the report.

The Police Department applied for a warrant for Green-Beckham's arrest on the charge of first-degree burglary. On Sunday night, the victim and the occupant of the apartment who tried to keep Green-Beckham out decided not to press charges and filled out decline-of-prosecution forms. 

The victim said she was afraid of media backlash because Green-Beckham is a Missouri football player and an NFL prospect, according to the report. She also said in the report that she was afraid of being harassed and having her property damaged because she was the victim and that the mental stress of the situation was already making her feel physically sick.

The female occupant who first opened the door also decided not to press charges. In the report, she said she didn't want to put her friend through stress and was also afraid of possible retaliation against her or her property. 

The Missourian is withholding the names of the alleged victims because of their reported fears of retribution.

The victim allowed police to see text messages between her and Green-Beckham's girlfriend, according to the report. Green-Beckham's girlfriend sent a text indicating that Green-Beckham had dragged her by the neck and also attempted to persuade the victim not to press charges. She later told police she had been drinking and did not remember sending the text about being dragged. She also said she couldn't remember whether the text was accurate.

"I know you're so upset and I am too," one of Green-Beckham's girlfriend's texts to the victim said, according to the report. "Dorial was wrong in every way and you have every right to be furious. I'm not sticking up for him but football really is all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.

"I agree that something should be done- whether that's paying for what he did with money or a different way," the text said. "I really just want all of us to move past this and not have this happen again by completely being done with him. I can't do this anymore. Now he's hurting my friends not just me. I really am so sorry you're in this position and I never meant for this to happen."

A separate text from Green-Beckham's girlfriend said she had contact with Missouri football coaches, according to the report.

"The coaches talked to me and explained to (me) how serious this is and there's no time to waste at this point," the text said.

She later denied any contact with the coaches when she talked to the police, the report said. When asked about the text message, she said Green-Beckham had relayed what the coaches had said and that she did not have personal contact with them.

"Nobody had any contact with them," Missouri team spokesman Chad Moller said.

Moller added that Green-Beckham's status with the team is unchanged since he was suspended earlier this week. 

Another text from Green-Beckham's girlfriend to the victim said, "Just say we all had alotto drink and what not everything is fine," according to the report. 

"We just need to move quickly on this before he's arrested and before his warrant is made public," the text said. "He will be kicked out of Mizzou and not qualify for the draft next year."

The police report said Green-Beckham's girlfriend was "extremely uncooperative" in the investigation. 

Supervising editors are Elise Schmelzer, Allie Hinga and Sean Morrison.


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