It sounds like the plot out of an action movie. While Brian Reed was being handcuffed by police who were questioning him in connection with a stolen car, he tried to make a run for it. Instead of running, however, he jumped -- into the Mississippi River. To make things even more dramatic, the fugitive is the brother of Ed Reed, who plays safety for the Baltimore Ravens. And now the search is on.
Two big questions: Is Brian Reed alive? And will Ed Reed play Sunday in the scheduled AFC wild card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs?
As for the first question, no one knows. A lot of things could happen when one dives into a river, especially with low winter temperatures. He jumped around 10 a.m. on Friday, and so far the only signs of him have been his shoes and coat, which were found by authorities. His mother has said he had problems with drugs and alcohol, so who knows what kind of a state he was in at the time either.
"The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet according to the deputy," said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a spokesman for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to WWLTV.com. "At some particular point they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again."
Hopefully, he's okay and hiding out somewhere, but with all the questions looming, could Ed Reed focus on a football game? And should he? At this point it's not clear.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters Friday evening. "We're just praying that Ed's brother's OK and that's all we can do right now. I love Ed Reed and I know he's fighting something right now and hopefully this thing will turn out OK. He's got our prayers. He's got his hands full right now."
I'm sure Ravens fans are hoping he -- one of their stars -- plays, and it wouldn't be surprising if he decides to. There's not much he can do at this point, so if playing in the game can get his mind off things, then I hope he does that. But if he chooses not to and to deal with his emotions more privately then hopefully fans will support that decision as well.
Even if Brian Reed is found, the story won't have a happy ending, so at this point it's about hoping for the least devastating outcome. Best wishes to the family.
Do you think Ed Reed should play in Sunday's game if his brother is still missing?
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