Neil Reed Who Accused Bob Knight of Choking Him, Dies at the Age of 36

Reed’s accusation against Knight was the first domino which led to Bob Knight leaving Indiana.

Very scary to see someone die so young. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Neil Reed, 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 36.

His death was confirmed by the sports editor of the Santa Maria (Calif.) Times. Reed spent the last three seasons as the freshman basketball coach at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria.

Reed played high school basketball at East Jefferson High School in Metairie, La. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Reed died Thursday in Nipomo, Calif., after suffering a massive heart attack on Wednesday.