Missouri star linebacker Chad Bailey was taken into custody by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office early Sunday morning after he was pulled over for an expired license plate and failed to pass a field sobriety test.
According to the police report, the athlete was pulled over at approximately 1:00 a.m. near the school’s Columbia campus for driving with an expired license plate and lane violations.
He informed officers that he had consumed alcohol, the police reporting reading, “Bailey told the officer he had consumed alcohol and then performed poorly on a field sobriety test.” After he was allegedly unable to pass the test, the linebacker was taken into police custody at approximately 2:45 a.m. but was later released on a $500 bond.
Following the arrest, a statement from head coach Eli Drinkwitz was released to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that discussed disciplinary matters for the student-athlete.
“We are aware of the situation involving Chad Bailey,” Drinkwitz said. “He’s been suspended according to Department of Athletics policy. We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes, on and off the field, and we will follow all departmental and campus policies.”
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Per the University of Missouri, their policies require any student-athlete to face at least one week of suspension if they are arrested. Although the school state’s a minimum of one week is required, the football team did not articulate when the player will be able to participate in team activities next. The athlete has not made any public commentary since the incident.
Chad Bailey is expected to return for his final season in Missouri, despite DWI charges.
As of now, the Tigers are in the midst of spring training and are expected to conclude their four-week spring practice schedule on March 23, according to the school’s athletics department website.
Last year, the linebacker concluded his season with 11 starting games, to which he had 57 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Bailey is expected to return for his final season with the Missouri Tigers football team this fall as a sixth-year senior after opting for his final year of eligibility with the University.
After thoroughly recruiting top picks in the nation, the Missouri Tigers will kick off their 2023-2024 season on Saturday, September 2, against South Dakota inside Faurot Field with an impressive student-athlete lineup.
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