Former LSU offensive lineman and current Dallas Cowboys rookie La'el Collins was questioned by Baton Rouge police about the shooting of Brittany Mills because her 10-year-old daughter mentioned the football player's name in an interview with police, according to a new Sports Illustrated report.
BRPD declined to confirm that detail in the report, which also said Collins' lawyers tried to organize a meeting with police Day 1 of the draft (Thursday, April 30) but were turned down. A meeting on Friday, May 1 -- Day 2 of the draft -- wasn't possible because Collins' lawyer, Jim Boren, had a court obligation in New Orleans. And since the police weren't available over the weekend, the meeting occurred the Monday (May 4) after the draft.
Click here to read more from SI about how Collins, who was never named a suspect in the crime, became involved in the investigation and what it was like behind the scenes while this story unfolded.
Collins signed with the Dallas Cowboys last week following a meeting with team officials during an overnight trip to the city.
He agreed to a guaranteed three-year, $1.65 million contract, according to multiple reports, and he’ll get a larger signing bonus than most undrafted free agents. He likely lost more than $5 million in signing bonus and contract money over the ordeal.
“I had the opportunity to choose between 32 teams,” Collins said Thursday at his news conference. “I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy.
“(God) tested my faith. I can’t explain the emotions and the feelings that my family had to endure.”
Mills, 29, was shot to death April 24 at her apartment on Ship Drive.
Collins, who had a relationship with Mills, took a paternity test and was ruled out as the father of Mills’ child Brenton, who was delivered after her death but died.
As of Friday, no one had been arrested in Mills' case.