It was just a few days ago that the Kansas City Star and Columbia Tribune published articles regarding the accusations of forcible rape that a University of Missouri student levied against Michael Dixon earlier in the fall. These allegations are assumed to be the reason head coach Frank Haith indefinitely suspended his senior guard back in October.
Today various sources - including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – have revealed that there was another instance where Dixon was accused of sexual assault. This one dates back to 2010, and the case remains open, but the victim elected not to press charges.
Fresh off of those reports, Michael Dixon’s time at Missouri has come to an end. According to a statement made by the University he will be transferring from the program. In doing so will close the books on his tenure with the Tigers basketball team that had been placed on hiatus over a month ago.
There’s no question his departure is going to leave a hole in the offense, take away one of the best perimeter shooters on the team and adversely impact the depth on the roster. In three seasons with Mizzou, Dixon had steadily increased his production moving from 7.5 points per game as a freshman to 10.5 ppg as a sophomore to 13.5 last year as a junior. As a result of his performance during the 2011-2012 season he was voted the Big 12’s sixth man of the year.
Today I sit stunned. Missouri is no longer in the Big 12 (I’m still trying to wrap my head around that) and Michael Dixon is no longer a Missouri Tiger.
Of course these things are much bigger than what happens on the basketball court. Whether the accusations are true or not – and I have to admit I find the detailed stories very believable – Michael Dixon’s life has been significantly altered. The same can be said for the lives of the two young women involved, though the trauma of the reported incidents certainly weighs heavier upon them as the victims.
I don’t really know what to make of all of this but I know it’s a sad day for the university, the Tigers basketball program, Dixon and the women who have had to deal with the reality of these events on a daily basis.
It’s also a sad day for Kansas City.
Michael Dixon was one of our own. A hometown kid who starred at Lee’s Summit West High School before going on to a seemingly bright future at the University of Missouri. Now he’s a former player who will be remembered more for these accusations of rape than anything he did on the basketball court.
It’s a sad day indeed.