Mizzou Suspends Defensive Star Chad Bailey Following DWI

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The Missouri Tigers’ football program suspended defensive star Chad Bailey after an early-morning Sunday arrest.

A seemingly intoxicated Bailey was pulled over for a lane violation while driving with a suspended license and performed “poorly” during a field sobriety test, first reported by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Coach Eli Drinkwitz released a statement on Bailey’s arrest hours later, announcing the 23-year-old linebacker’s indefinite suspension. According to the school’s conduct guidelines, players receive a one-week-minimum suspension for arrests.

Bailey was one of the Tigers’ captains in the 2022 season.

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“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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Bailey was arrested at 2:45 a.m. (CT). He was booked at Boone County Sheriff’s Office and released after posting bond ($500).

The police statement noted, “Bailey told the officer he had consumed alcohol and then performed poorly on a field sobriety test.”

The senior linebacker totaled 57 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2022. Bailey was perhaps best remembered for his spat with a teammate during a game against Wake Forest.

After Missouri defensive back Ennis Rakestraw Jr. tried helping Demon Deacons quarterback Sam Hartman up after a play, Bailey furiously pulled Rakestraw away from his opponent and kept jawing off at his teammate.

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Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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