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|Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham had a team-high 59 receptions and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore.|
Missouri sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham did not own the pound of marijuana police discovered in a Jeep Cherokee he was riding in, as one of two other men in the vehicle claimed ownership.
Patrick Prouty told police the drugs belonged to him, according to court documents reported by usatoday.com. Assuming the police investigation turns up no evidence to dispute Prouty's version of the facts, the case of charges pending against Green-Beckham figures to fare far better for one of the SEC's most talented receivers and a prime candidate for the NFL draft in one of the next couple of years.
Prouty, Green-Beckham and John McDaniel were pulled over for a routine traffic stop for an expired tag on Jan. 10 when police smelled marijuana in the vehicle and subsequently discovered a pound of marijuana, and all three were arrested. They were quickly released, with potential distribution charges pending against each. McDaniel owns the vehicle and was driving at the time of the stop.
Green-Beckham's story of innnocence, however, isn't without a discrepancy. Green-Beckham reportedly denied not only owning the marijuana, but smoking it as well, telling police he only smelled it upon entering the vehicle. McDaniel's story, however, was that all three men had just smoked a "blunt" prior to the traffic stop.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has not announced a suspension for Green-Beckham, even though this was his second marijuana-related arrest since his arrival on the Missouri campus as the nation's No. 1 wide receiver recruit in 2012. Green-Beckham (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns last year for the Tigers, helping the team to an SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship Game against Auburn.
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