COLUMBIA — News about Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's release from the football program got the most page views this week. Green-Beckham was first suspended from the team for a violation of policies after an incident in which he was a suspect in an alleged burglary.
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- Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely Monday for a violation of team policies. "It's unfortunate, but it's the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial," head coach Gary Pinkel said in a news release. "We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger, and Dorial has not met those recently." Later in the week, Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team. (8,255 page views)
Aiden Taylor, a second-grader at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School who is battling brain cancer, was welcomed back to school Monday by students and faculty. Aiden hadn't been to school since he was diagnosed in late January. A small smile appeared on Aiden's face when students clapped and chanted, "We are proud of you! We are proud of you!" (1,840 page views)
- Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was released from the football team Friday in a decision made by head coach Gary Pinkel and athletics director Mike Alden. Green-Beckham was the suspect in an alleged burglary early in the morning of April 6. Green-Beckham's father, John Beckham, released a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on behalf of his son. The statement included that Green-Beckham planned to enter counseling. (1,282 page views)
- For Missouri center fielder Taylor Gadbois, softball is a sanctuary. The sophomore has been dealing with her mother's diagnosis and battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since Gadbois' sophomore year in high school. "She's always on my mind," Gadbois said. "She's always there." (1,238 page views)
- Friends of Cody Hendren gathered in Peace Park on April 6 and lit candles, each representing someone's life he had touched in his 14 years. Hendren killed himself in his home in Columbia on March 15. "He was brilliant," his mother, Beth Hendren, said. "He wanted to be salutatorian, not valedictorian, because he didn't want to give the speech." He was always a bit shy, she said. (1,180 page views)
Former Missouri diver Greg DeStephen, the first openly gay MU athlete, returned to campus Wednesday for the first time since Michael Sam's coming out put him in the news. He spoke on an LGBTQ Alumni Panel as part of Pride Month. DeStephen talked about challenges he faced after being outed by another member of the Missouri swimming and diving team. (1,134 page views)
The Columbia Police Department concluded its investigation of the incident involving Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and made no arrests after the victims of the incident declined to press charges. The incident report is included below the story. (1,095 page views)
MU alumnus Brad Willis wrote a post on his website about the Dorial Green-Beckham incident before the wide receiver had been released from the team. Willis wrote about how he wouldn't have known how to explain Green-Beckham's return to the team to his children. (1,084 page views)
Columbia voters took to the polls Tuesday to decide on new school board members and a new representative for the First Ward. Two bond issues, a $50 million one for public schools and a $14 million one for the Boone County Fire Protection District, were also on the ballot. (891 page views)
- Missouri athletics director Mike Alden mentioned the university's values of respect, responsibility and excellence in a Friday news conference about wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Earlier this week, Zach Price, a basketball transfer to Missouri, was dismissed from the program after being arrested on assault charges. (663 page views)