A paternity test has determined that former Louisiana State lineman La’El Collins was not the father of the unborn child of his slain former girlfriend, ESPN and others reported late Wednesday.
Furthermore, Collins reportedly passed a polygraph administered by an independent investigator looking into the death of Brittney Mills, shot dead in her Baton Rouge, Louisiana, apartment on April 24.
Phone calls to Collins’ representatives were not immediately returned.
If true, the news would presumably provide clarity to Collins’ murky legal situation — and possibly hasten his entry into the NFL.
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The Dolphins are one of several teams that would surely line up for Collins’ services if he’s cleared by police. Collins was a surefire first-round draft pick before the shooting, but went undrafted last weekend due to the unanswered questions.
He met with police on Monday about the shooting; authorities have not said he is either a suspect or even a person of interest in the case.
On Tuesday, a group of Dolphins players — including former LSU teammates and Mike Pouncey — flew on a chartered flight to Baton Rouge in an attempt to sell Collins on Miami. An arcane league rule prohibits any Dolphins coach or front office member from meeting with Collins until LSU’s graduation this weekend.
The Dolphins aren’t the only team monitoring the situation with great interest. Basically the entire league would want to add a player of Collins’ ability on a rookie free agent’s salary.