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Neil Reed (left), the former Indiana University basketball player who went public with a claim that Bob Knight choked him in practice, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at age 37. / Associated Press 1997 file photo
Santa Maria, CA (Sports Network) - Neil Reed, the Indiana basketball player
caught on tape being choked by head coach Bobby Knight in 1997, died on
Thursday of a massive heart attack. He was 36.
The Santa Maria Times reported Reed, who coached boys basketball and both boys
and girls golf at Pioneer Valley High School, passed away. The newspaper
reports Reed had trouble breathing early in the morning and was taken to an
area hospital where he went into cardiac arrest, but he could not be revived.
Reed claimed in 1997 that Knight choked him during a practice. Video of the
practice surfaced three years later, and the Hall of Fame coach was put on a
zero-tolerance policy by university president Dr. Myles Brand.
In September of 2000, an Indiana student accused Knight of grabbing his arm,
and Knight was fired shortly thereafter.
After his altercation with Knight, Reed transferred to Southern Mississippi
and played there for the 1998-99 season.
"The shock of the passing of Neil Reed and the sadness we feel for his wife,
two daughters and entire family is overwhelming. Tragic news," current Indiana
basketball coach Tom Crean said via Twitter. "Neil was building a career in
coaching and had even sent me his coaching philosophy book a few years back to
proof. Pray for his family."
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