Missouri Linebacker, Chad Bailey, has been suspended indefinitely from the Tigers’ football team after being arrested on a DWI charge. The incident occurred early Sunday morning when Bailey was stopped by the police.
The University of Missouri released a statement on Monday, stating that the suspension stems from a violation of team rules. Head Coach Eli Drinkwitz made it clear that the program has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to such violations.
“We are disappointed to learn of Chad’s arrest,” Drinkwitz said in the statement. “We take these situations very seriously and will continue to educate our student-athletes on the importance of making good decisions.”
Bailey’s arrest comes as a major blow to the Tigers’ defense, as he was expected to be a key contributor to the team this season. The junior linebacker played in all 10 games last season, recording 33 tackles and two pass breakups.
The suspension also raises questions about the team’s depth at the linebacker position, which is now relying on younger players to step up in Bailey’s absence.
This is not the first time the Mizzou football program has dealt with such an incident. In 2014, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was suspended for Missouri’s season opener against South Dakota State after being arrested for DWI.
While the severity of Bailey’s punishment has not been disclosed, it is likely that he will face a suspension for multiple games, if not the entire season. He will also have to undergo mandatory counseling and evaluation.
Bailey’s situation serves as a reminder that student-athletes, as well as all individuals, must be responsible and make good decisions. Driving under the influence is never acceptable, and the consequences can be dire. The incident also highlights the importance of team policies and zero-tolerance policies in athletic programs.
The Mizzou football program has sent a clear message that they do not tolerate such behavior from their players, and it is important for other teams to follow in their footsteps. Ultimately, the safety and well-being of student-athletes and others on the road must always come first.