Police: Fired Coach Wouldn't Help in Inquiry Into Son

June 29, 2011

A local police chief told The Daytona Beach News-Journal the circumstances that led Bethune-Cookman University to fire its men's basketball coach this week. According to the chief, Clifford Reed was dismissed after he refused to help police investigate a sexual assault charge involving C.J. Reed, the coach's son and a star player on the team. The assault report was made by a player on the university's women's basketball team, and no formal charges were brought against C.J. Reed. The investigation closed after the woman declined to follow through with her initial complaint. That complaint didn't identify her attacker, but authorities said C.J. Reed was the lone suspect. Authorities said that Clifford Reed would not allow detectives to question his son (when the case remained live), was rude to detectives and wouldn't let them take a DNA sample from a couch in the men's basketball locker room. Both Reeds declined to comment.

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