Mizzou’s Dixon Out For Good

Thursday, Nov. 29-

After several weeks of controversy surrounding the suspension of Michael Dixon, the former Mizzou guard made it official that he would no longer be attending the University of Missouri.

Dave Reiter, director of strategic communications for the basketball team, released an email from Dixon. “It’s been a challenging few months and while I appreciate the support of many in the Mizzou community, including my coaches and teammates, it’s in the best interest of me, my family and the University of Missouri for me to finish my career elsewhere.”

Reports surfaced on Saturday when a woman tweeted that she had been sexually assaulted by Dixon. She was hesitant to press charges because he was on the basketball team and she thought she might face outside pressure because of it. The woman finally brought it to court on Nov. 16, but a Boone County prosecutor found insufficient evidence to press charges.

However on Thursday, it was revealed that another woman had accused Dixon of rape in January 2010, but did not press charges for the same reason. She was afraid of potential harassment from people outside the program. The woman brought it the attention of then-head coach Mike Anderson, but he told her he couldn’t do anything until she pressed charges.

Dixon had been suspended since the beginning of the season, but was still allowed to travel and practice with the team, most recently in the Tigers’ third-place finish in The Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

Head Coach Frank Haith had refused to comment on Dixon’s status during press conferences, but stated that it was not an NCAA concern, rather a university issue.

Dixon came to Mizzou out of Lee’s Summit West High School in Kansas City, Mo., and earned playing time immediately in Anderson’s fast-paced “40 Minutes of Hell.” He made the most of his opportunities last season and was selected as the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year. Dixon had been voted second team All-SEC, as well as a second team All-American for this season.

The void left by Dixon figures to be filled by transfer Keion Bell and emerging freshman Negus-Webster Chan. Missouri will bolster its backcourt depth when transfer Jabari Brown is eligible for action in late December.

-Gregory Dailey
23 Sports
Staff Writer