Player choked by Bob Knight in ’97 dies in Nipomo
July 27, 2012
Neil Reed, the former Indiana University basketball player who went public in 1997 with a claim that then coach Bob Knight had choked him during a practice, died Thursday of a heart attack in Nipomo. He was 36.
Reed had spent the past three seasons as the freshman basketball coach at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria.
Reed played three seasons at Indiana before transferring to Southern Mississippi after his Hoosier teammates voted him off the team.
In 2000, a years-old Indiana University tape surfaced that supported Reed’s allegations against Knight. Then Indiana University President Myles Brand put Knight on probation. Knight was fired six months later after a run in with another student.
Reed is survived by his wife Kelly, and daughters Marley, 6, and Presley, 4.