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UPDATED: Michael Dixon’s career at Missouri is over

Nov 29, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

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According to Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com, suspended guard Michael Dixon’s career as a Tiger is over. NBCSports.com was able to confirm DeArmond’s report.

Dixon was suspended back in October, but it wasn’t until this week that the cause of the suspension started to leak out. In August, a woman accused Dixon of forcible rape, and while Dixon was never charged by police — there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges — he did have to face punishment from the university. You can read the entire account of the encounter here.

Without Dixon in the fold, getting Jabari Brown eligible becomes the most important part of the season for the Tigers. They have a lack of perimeter shooting right now, and Brown may actually be the best shooter in the program. He’ll be able to take the floor at the end of the semester.

(UPDATE: It’s now official.

“It’s been a challenging few months and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community including my coaches and teammates,” Dixon said in a statement, “it’s in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri to finish my career elsewhere.”

The decision stems from a second rape allegation that surfaced on Thursday. From the KC Star:

According to a police report obtained Thursday by The Star, a woman who worked in the MU athletic department said she was sexually assaulted by Dixon on Jan. 9, 2010. The report, filed by the University of Missouri Police on Jan. 11, says the alleged assault took place at her apartment.

A source told The Star on Wednesday that the victim alerted former MU basketball coach Mike Anderson about the incident, who told her he would support her if she decided to press charges. She ultimately decided not to, the source said, because Dixon was a basketball player, and “she was afraid of what might happen.” According to the police report, she told detective Sam Easley on Jan. 21 that she did not want to prosecute in this case, and she did not want Dixon to be contacted regarding the case.

Dixon isn’t facing criminal charges in either case.)

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. missouriman4ever - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Please keep us updated, this is rather significant. The SEC title chances is Columbia just took a big blow. Sad to hear this.

    • tbird10 - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:01 AM

      Who cares about the SEC title chances (like it was going to happen for Mizzou). What about the women involved in this? If it only happened once I might question it, but twice. Come on. It’s amazing what “athletes” get away with and then people ignoring it regards to “their” team.

  2. raiderufan - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I hate to say it but that account could just as easily read like a woman that thought she’d be on the arm of the star player and ended up a one night stand so she got revenge.

    The idea of rape sickens me….the idea of using it to hurt an innocent person is just a sickening.

    • NotWright - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Learn to do a little research before you accuse the woman for making up a story. If you have the time, read the full police report of the incident and you will see that there was evidence of sexual assault but she did not want to press charges. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/156433/missouri-guard-michael-dixon-jr-announces-transfer-from-school/

      • magiclzrd - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Where did “raiderufan” accuse the woman of making up a story? They said “…that account could just as easily read…” and they’re right. There was no accusation there. However, you are commenting on a different situation altogether. “Raiderufan” was commenting on the article above, not the 2010 incident. You should read posts in their entirety before jumping to conclusions. After reading about the 2012 incident (and even the 2010 police report that you linked to), I don’t believe that any jury would find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Does that mean these women weren’t violated? No, not necessarily. Does it mean that Dixon got away with rape? Again, not necessarily. What it means is that the evidence in both cases wasn’t compelling enough, and that’s true. No one wants to see someone else get raped, let alone raped and then the perpetrator go free. However, why do people feel it’s okay to jump to conclusions–conclusions prosecuting attorneys with experience trying these types of case didn’t jump to—against the alleged assailant? When I read things like “She said Dixon asked her to turn around so he could penetrate her from behind, which she did”, and “Dixon asked her to perform oral sex on him. She said she told him no, and then Dixon asked her to masturbate him, which she did”, I’m forced to question the alleged assault. I’m not saying it didn’t happen; merely questioning based on the statements from the alleged victim. If you can read statements like these and not have doubts, then you’re not interested in justice. For some reason, you just want to see a young man suffer. Is he an idiot for putting himself in these situations when he has a promising collegiate basketball future? Absolutely! Obviously his priorities aren’t straight—at least not straight to by any reasonable standards. However if he is innocent (which is kind of how it looks), that’s just as bad as rape. It’s rape of someone’s character and it’s something that will be linked to him for the rest of his life.

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