Missouri’s star linebacker Chad Bailey was suspended from the team Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Sunday, the school said.
Bailey, a 23-year-old Tigers team captain, was arrested around 2:45 a.m. local time and released on $500 bond, according to online records from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. .
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Police said Bailey was pulled over around 1 a.m. Sunday near the Columbia campus for an expired license plate and lane violation. Bailey reportedly told officers that he had consumed alcohol and then allegedly failed a field sobriety test.
«We are aware of the situation involving Chad Bailey,» Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. «He has been suspended in accordance with Athletic Department policy. We have high expectations for all of our student-athletes, on and off the field, and will follow all department and campus policies.»
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Bailey is expected to serve his sixth senior year this fall after opting to return for his final year of eligibility, according to the newspaper. The Missouri student-athlete handbook says that any athlete who is arrested must serve a minimum one-week suspension.
Bailey started 11 games for Missouri during the 2022 season. He had 57 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
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Missouri finished the year 6-7, culminating in a loss to Wake Forest in the Gasparilla Bowl.
Associated Press contributed to this report.