Missouri, Georgia Top List Of Student Athlete Arrests
Date 2014/5/1 4:40:50 | Topic: News
|Columbia, Mo. (KOMU) - 12 University of Missouri athletes have been involved in a total of 16 arrests since the school joined the SEC. That puts Mizzou in a tie with the University of Georgia within the conference for the most athlete arrests.|
Dorial Green-Beckham, Levi Copelin, Zach Price and Ka'ra Stewart were all arrested twice.
KOMU 8 News looked at the number of arrests reported by the media for each of the 14 SEC schools since July 2012. Some of the arrests involved multiple charges.
Missouri and Georgia each have 16 such arrests. They are followed by Texas A&M (15), Mississippi (10) and Alabama (10). South Carolina has the fewest athlete arrests with two.
In total, the SEC had 110 arrests. 84 involved football players. Four involved female athletes.
At four of the 14 SEC schools, the only athletes arrested came from the football team (Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt and South Carolina).
It should be noted, football programs have more players, on average, than other sports. Missouri's football team has 106 student athletes, second only to the track the field team with 116. Of the 110 total reported SEC arrests, one involved a track and field athlete.
After the recent Black and Gold Game, football coach Gary Pinkel said: "We got great kids. It's unfortunate that one or two make mistakes and kind of drag everybody else down."
Seven athletes from the football program were involved in ten arrests in a nearly two year period. Eight of the arrests were marijuana-related. The University of Georgia's football program also had ten arrests.
Texas A&M has the most football athlete arrests with 14. Mississippi State and South Carolina are tied for the least, with two each.
The 110 total reported arrests led to 226 reported charges*. Missouri's 16 arrests resulted in 26 total charges. That puts the school third in this statistic, behind Georgia (36) and Vanderbilt (31).
Missouri had the highest number of drug possession charges (ten). The school with the next highest number of drug possessions charges was Texas A&M with six.
Missouri represents more than one third of the total drug possession charges in the SEC (26). MU is also fourth in violent crimes charges (7). Vanderbilt had the highest number of violent crime charges (29), all stemming from the same incident. ABC News reported four Vanderbilt football players were arrested and charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old victim in a dorm room in June of 2013. A fifth Vanderbilt football player was arrested later that summer for attempting to cover-up the case.
The largest number of charges, 68, fell under the category of violent crimes.