Blaine Dalton has confirmed to The Star that he has been kicked off the Missouri football team after his arrest early Friday morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
As to whether the door may be open to allow his return?
“I don’t know,” Dalton said when contacted on his cell phone on Friday, prior to his client conference with Columbia attorney Bogdan Susan.
“I can’t answer anything else right now,” Dalton added. “Maybe later.”
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Susan, after counseling Dalton not to make any more statements, told The Star that Dalton was arrested by University of Missouri police shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Friday and was charged with DWI, not driving within the proper lane and with driving an unregistered vehicle. He posted $500 bond. He took a breath test and a field sobriety test, although results of those tests were not released.
Dalton, Susan said, faces an Oct. 8 date in Columbia Municipal Court.
Susan said that the charges against Dalton were technically violations of city ordinances, rather than misdemeanors, which are the province of charges brought in a county court.
“We try to negotiate a fine,” Susan said.
That, Susan admitted, is not always the outcome.
Dalton, 18, earlier in the summer paid fines of $378 in Boone County Court after pleading guilty to having an unopened can of beer in his car and to misdemeanors for the same sort of lane violation and driving an unregistered vehicle he faces once again.
Missouri released the briefest of statements late Friday morning, saying the former Blue Springs South quarterback had been dismissed, effective immediately, “due to a violation of team conduct policies.”
Susan represented Dalton in the previous arrest.
When pulled over by police in Columbia on April 30, Dalton was charged with having pain pills in his car that had been prescribed for a friend.
That charge was dropped after the friend told police he had simply left the pills in Dalton’s car.
Coach Gary Pinkel suspended Dalton in that instance, later reinstating Dalton after disposition of the court case.
This time, Dalton has not merely been suspended, but dismissed.
Susan, asked whether he anticipated Dalton might at some point be let back onto the football team, would not speculate.
“I don’t answer those questions,” he said. “That’s up to the coaches.”
Whether Dalton eventually returns to the team, his dismissal has at least settled the question of who will be Missouri’s No. 2 quarterback behind starter Blaine Gabbert in the season opener against Illinois on Sept. 5.
That job belongs to sophomore Jimmy Costello of Liberty. Any competition with Dalton for the backup spot ended when Dalton - a true freshman who graduated early from Blue Springs South and enrolled at MU in the spring - was arrested for the second time in a span of four months.