Player Involved in Knight Firing at Indiana, Dead at 36


Gary Mook /Allsport(SANTA MARIA, Calif.) — Neil Reed, the former Indiana Hoosier basketball player who was caught being choked on tape by then coach Bob Knight, died at age 36, after a collapsing at his home in California.

Reed died of heart complications. He leaves behind two daughters and his wife Kelly.

Reed is most known for accusing legendary coach Bob Knight for choking him during a practice. When the video surfaced of Knight choking Reed, the then president of Indiana University, Dr. Myles Brand, put a zero-tolerance policy on Knight. Knight eventually was fired after a student accused him of grabbing his arm.

Reed has been a physical education teacher at Pioneer Valley High in Santa Maria, California since 2007.

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