An NFL hopeful likely ended his dream of ever stepping foot in a pro locker room by allegedly threatening the Dallas Cowboys for passing over him in the NFL draft.
Keyon Reed used to be a linebacker at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which competes at the FCS level.
Reed, who last played in 2012, apparently had it in his mind that he deserved to play for the Cowboys. He expected to hear his name called at some point during the draft.
But when that didn’t happen, Reed allegedly called members of the Cowboys and told them they needed to sign him, according to TMZ Sports.
It’s unknown if Reed contacted Cowboys players or staffers, but TMZ said “he was making threats to harm people if the Cowboys did not sign him.”
The Cowboys then alerted authorities, and a SWAT team was dispatched to Reed’s home in Florida. He reportedly confessed to making the threats, including sexual threats directed at a Cowboys employee’s wife.
Police determined that Reed was not a threat, and thus he was not arrested. But his Twitter account has been suspended, possibly due to the fact that he posted a threatening tweet.
“(I)f Terrell not drafted n Im not the 1st Pick of the Dallas Cowboys. IMMA BLOW THat B—- UP,” the tweet read, in part.
“Terrell” might refer to Terrell Owens, who played at UT-Chattanooga and was passed over by the Cowboys in the 1996 NFL draft.
Reed also tweeted, “Ask y i am Mad Ask Coach HUESMAN,” which is a reference to Russ Huesman, Reed’s head coach at UT-Chattanooga.
Huesman likely played a part in Reed leaving the program in 2013 after multiple arrests. Reed was arrested for domestic assault in 2011 and then arrested again for assaulting a police officer in 2013.
According to his UT-Chattanooga profile, Reed last played during the 2012 season, appearing in five games.
Besides the fact that Reed hasn’t played in six years and only has experience at the FCS level, the Cowboys really didn’t look to the defensive side of the ball much during their 2018 draft.
Of their nine selections, only three were on defense, including first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch, a linebacker. They then chose defensive end Dorance Armstrong in the fourth round and linebacker Chris Covington in the sixth round.
For the most part, the Cowboys spent their draft picks on players the team hopes can fill the shoes of several departing former stars.
Wideout Dez Bryant was released and tight end Jason Witten retired, so it came as no surprise that the Cowboys used three mid-round picks on wide receivers and tight ends.
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