Oklahoma football: Sooners taking a risk with Dorial Green-Beckham

What comes of Oklahoma’s decision to add Dorial Green-Beckham remains to be seen. Could be a stroke of genius. Could be a disaster. But here’s what we do know about the Sooners welcoming the troubled receiver — this is a risk.
by Jenni Carlson Published: July 3, 2014


photo - In this Sept., 15 2012, file photo, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Columbia, Mo. Green-Beckham now has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown through five games at Missouri, but says he feels no pressure to perform at a certain level. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
In this Sept., 15 2012, file photo, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Columbia, Mo. Green-Beckham now has seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown through five games at Missouri, but says he feels no pressure to perform at a certain level. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

What comes of Oklahoma’s decision to add Dorial Green-Beckham remains to be seen.

Could be a stroke of genius. Could be a disaster.

But here’s what we do know about the Sooners welcoming the troubled receiver: this is a risk.

Green-Beckham was kicked off the football team at Missouri earlier this year after his third run-in with police in 19 months. The first two times, he was arrested on marijuana-related complaints. The third time didn’t involve an arrest but was the most troubling episode.

According to a Columbia police report, he forced his way into an apartment on the morning of April 6 looking for his girlfriend, then using both hands, he shoved another woman down some stairs. She fell and was injured.

Ultimately, she didn’t want to press charges because, as she told police, “she was afraid of the media and community backlash.”

Green-Beckham’s girlfriend also texted the woman extensively after the incident, records show.

“I’m not sticking up for him,” the police report quoted the girlfriend as texting, “but football is really all he has going for him and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely. 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.”

Read that last paragraph again.

“Football is really all he has going for him.”

“Now he’s hurting my friends, not just me.”

This is a risk.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Green-Beckham will never have another black mark to his name. Maybe he will keep his nose clean. Maybe he will avoid the police blotter. Maybe he will make Bob Stoops, Joe Castiglione and David Boren look like geniuses.

I love stories about people overcoming adversity as much as anyone, so I’d love if that was Green-Beckham’s storyline.

But I’m not staking my reputation on him.

Stoops, Castiglione and Boren are. These men have not only resurrected a great football power but also built a program with a pretty darn good reputation. Talk to people around the country, and they say that the Sooners seem to be doing things right.

But when the Sooners announced that Green-Beckham would join the fold, there was lots of head scratching. Most folks felt he was such damaged goods that he’d have to go to a lower division simply to continue his college career.

Instead, he lands at one of college football’s premier programs.

Frankly, I don’t get it.

Yes, I understand that the Sooners are thin at receiver and that if the NCAA grants a waiver allowing Green-Beckham to play this season, it would be a huge boost. The dude is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound prototype.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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