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MU football player Terry Beckner Jr. arrested by campus police

Updated (12:54 p.m.): Mizzou defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of misdemeanor marijuana possession, MUPD confirmed Thursday morning.

According to the Major Brian Weimer of MUPD, an officer stopped Beckneron the intersection of Conley Avenue and Missouri Avenue Wednesday night. The report states Beckner was driving without his headlights on. During the stop, the officer detected a “strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle,” according to MUPD.

The report says the officer searched the vehicle and found marijuana in a plastic Ziploc bag. Beckner was arrested, booked and processed at the University of Missouri Police Department. Police then released Beckner on summons for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Possessing 35 grams or less of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Missouri. It carries a maximum one-year jail sentence and $1,000 fine.

Mizzou Football coach Barry Odom released a statement, saying he is disappointed in Beckner. The team suspended Beckner indefinitely. The lineman is currently rehabbing ACL and MCL injuries he sustained in November.

Here is the full statement from Barry Odom: “I’m disappointed to learn of Terry’s actions. We take this very seriously and in line with our department policies, Terry has been indefinitely suspended and will face team disciplinary measures. I don’t want this incident to be viewed as a representation of our athletic department or football program, but we certainly understand the impact one poor decision can have. While this behavior is not acceptable, this is a very challenging societal issue that is dealt with everywhere on a daily basis, and we will use this as a learning opportunity for Terry and our program.”


ABC 17 News confirmed Mizzou freshman defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. was arrested Wednesday night by the University of Missouri police department. Reports indicate Beckner was accused of having marijuana.

Beckner was one of the top recruits in the nation. He started five games and recorded three sacks before tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee last year.

ABC 17 News is working to find out more details surrounding his arrest.

Stay with and ABC 17 News for updates on this developing story.

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