National reaction: La'el Collins signing with Dallas Cowboys makes NFL history; Brandon Harris, LSU players tweet congrats _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- La'el Collins, center, former LSU offensive lineman, leaves the LSP HQ with Jen Vitry, left, and attorney Jim Boren, right, after talking to detectives about a homicide case in which he is not a suspect.


Sports Illustrated's Andrew Brandt describes the "emotional meeting" former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins had with his agents and NFL teams before last week's NFL draft about the death of his one-time girlfriend and his future meeting with law enforcement authorities.

Baton Rouge detectives have stated from the outset that Collins is not a suspect in the killing of a 29-year-old woman and her baby.

"There, he met with his Chicago-based agents from Priority Sports in a meeting that, according to someone in the room, was as emotional as he had seen in 25 years in the business," Brandt wrote. "The agents then put Collins on the phone with multiple teams to earnestly explain his lack of involvement in the woman’s death, although the impact of the pleas by phone paled in comparison to what the agents had seen in person. Collins then left the draft and returned to Louisiana."

Collins finally met with the Baton Rouge detectives on Monday. The police department has said from the beginning that he is not a suspect. Collins has since met with Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and representatives from the Miami Dolphins.

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