Former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, considered by many to be a potential first-round draft pick, is wanted for questioning regarding the death of his alleged ex-girlfriend Brittney Mills in Baton Rouge.
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Mills' Daughter Dies
Friday, May 1
Albert Breer of NFL Network reported the daughter of Collins' alleged ex-girlfriend has died, according to Baton Rouge police.
Ross Delenger of The Advocate reported Collins will take a paternity test to determine if he was the father of the child.
Collins Will Meet With Police After the Draft
Friday, May 1
Collins' Agent's Request to Have Tackle Removed From Draft Denied
Thursday, April 30
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Collins agent was attempting to have him removed from the draft, and placed in the Supplemental Draft. However, later in the day, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the request was denied, and that Collins would remain in the draft.
Collins Wanted for Questioning
Tuesday, April 27
ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke to Baton Rouge police Lt. Jonny Dunnam, who indicated Collins is not a suspect at this time but is being sought for potential information. The woman, Brittany Mills, was pregnant at the time of her death.
Jim Boren, the attorney retained by Collins, has spoken with the lead detective and prosecutor in charge of the case.
"We took the investigation seriously," Boren told Schefter. "We've tried to rule him out as a suspect. We're going to provide that information to the police, and ultimately (Collins) will sit down and talk to them. But the timing is poor."
The poor timing that Boren mentions is in reference to the upcoming NFL draft, and Charles Robinson of Yahoo reported teams are searching for details on the investigation:
NFL.com's Lance Zierlein echoed those sentiments:
Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk noted further details on Thursday regarding how NFL teams view the situation:
Collins’s attorney said that he was “nowhere around” Brittany Mills at the time of her murder, but his pro career may be on hold until there’s some more certainty on where Collins fits into the investigation. There has been increasing talk in league circles that Collins neither draftable nor employable until/unless he is fully exonerated of any wrongdoing in the matter by law enforcement.
Schefter reported that Collins left Chicago, where he was attending the NFL draft, in order to clear his name. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com noted that Collins' original intention was to submit his paternity tests on Monday before deciding to leave Chicago.
Earlier on Wednesday, Collins left media availability, declining to answer questions, via Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune.
Collins is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft on Thursday. Schefter reported a "handful of teams have become aware of the incident and would like to know if police determine that Collins is the father of the infant who was delivered after Mills' death."
ESPN.com's Todd McShay previously projected Collins to be the No. 23 overall pick to the Detroit Lions.
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