A truly bizarre story is unfolding regarding LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, a possible first round pick in this week's NFL Draft. According to ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter and WAFB.com in Baton Rouge, Collins is wanted to questioning in the death of a pregnant woman.
The WAFB report asserts that police don't consider Collins a suspect, but are aware he had some sort of relationship at one time with 29-year-old Brittney Mills, who was murdered last Friday.
"We are consistently pursuing getting in touch with him, not as a suspect, but to ask him questions about the victim," Cpl. Don Coppola said. "Detectives have reached out and been in touch with his agent. Collins is currently in Chicago for the NFL draft."
Although police could not elaborate on the exact nature of the former relationship between Collins and Mills, they do believe the two were at one time romantically linked.
"They did have some kind of relationship," he said. "Detectives just want to learn more about what he might know."
Per Schefter, several NFL teams are aware of the situation and want to know if Collins is determined to be the father of the child.
This is a crazy situation for sure. At the very least, this incident will likely cause Collins' draft stock to plummet. Hopefully, the police are just following through on protocol and investigative procedure, and it turns out that he definitely had no role in what took place.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her newborn child.