All Charges Dropped Against FSU Cornerback Greg Reid

By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email

Update 9-29-2011 by Greg Gullberg

Clyattville, GA - "I was like what, that couldn't be him, cause he'd never do anything like that."

Carlos Banks is Greg Reid's cousin; they grew up together.

He's thankful that all charges against his cousin have been dropped.

"Hopefully he'll learn from his mistakes and try to move forward."
Banks lives right next to Reid's childhood home in Clyattville, Georgia.

Like most of Greg's family, It was difficult for Banks to hear that Reid got in trouble.

That's because He's always looked up him.

"How he's like the first person in our family to go to college. So, it's good. I'm proud of him."

Banks tells how they shoot the breeze every time Reid's back in town.
Even toss a pig skin.

He's just excited to see Reid get back on the playing field--assuming he is fully recovered from an injury that kept him out of the Clemson game.

"Oh yeah. I'm real excited. I hope he'll do something special next game you know, cause, our whole family is rooting for him."

This weekend is a bye-week for FSU, but Reid has already been back at practice and didn't miss any team functions because of the arrest.

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Update 9-29-2011

Tallahassee, FL - An attorney for FSU cornerback Greg Reid says it could take months to clear his name.

Reid was arrested Monday 9/26 and accused of lying to police - who were trying to figure out who was riding his scooter that night. The man had fled from police during a traffic stop.

The state attorney dropped the charges against Reid Wednesday. Now, Reid's attorney says he'll have to go through the time-consuming task of trying to get the arrest erased from Reid's record.

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UPDATED 9.29.2011 by Julie Montanaro

An attorney for FSU cornerback Greg Reid says it could take months to clear his name.

The state attorney dropped perjury and obstruction charges against Reid Wednesday.

Now, Reid's attorney says he'll have to go through the
time-consuming task of trying to get the arrest erased from Reid's record.

"We do not agree that there was probable cause to arrest him. We will always disagree on that," said Reid's attorney Tim Jansen. "He now has a criminal record. If he applied for a job, a member of the public or a business could find out he has two charges. So that blemish we're going to have to take steps to expunge from his record."

Jansen says it could take months to get the necessary fingerprints, background checks and judge's order.

Tallahassee Police say they are still investigating Reid's friend, but will not say why he was stopped on the scooter.

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{UPDATE] 9-29-2011

TPD Statement Regarding Charges Dropped:

"The Tallahassee Police Department fully supports the decision the state attorney's office made to drop all charges. Chief Jones supports the decision the officers made to arrest Greg Reid at the time with the information they had before them. It's the state attorney's job to prosecute from information that develops in a case...with the information that developed they support the state attorney's office."
- David Northway - TPD PIO

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[UPDATE] 9-28-2011

Greg Reid's attorney tells WCTV all charges have been dropped against the FSU cornerback

All charges against Florida State cornerback Greg Reid have been dropped---his attorney Tim Jansen received the one page document today from the States Attorneys office telling him of the news.

Reid was arrested in the early morning hours Monday on two misdemeanor charges According to TPD, Reid was contacted by police after they attempted to arrest a man on a scooter registered to Reid. Officers then contacted Reid in hopes of identifying the guy on the scotter---Reid then allegedly misled the officers with the false name Montrel. He was arrested on two counts, resisting an officer without violence and perjury not in an official proceeding.

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[UPDATE] 9-28-2011

FSU cornerback Greg Reid was practicing yesterday. FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher declined to comment about Reid's legal issue until the matter is resolved. Jimbo said he would make a statement once it is taken care of. Jimbo would not say whether Reid will play next week or not.

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[UPDATE] 9-26-2011 by Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - He has on a garnet and gold outfit ...but, it's not his FSU football uniform... and this is not the football field...
21-year-old Greg Reid is walking out of the Leon County Jail

Tremaine Grant, an FSU Student Athlete says, "All you can really do with those kind of situations is keep your head up and pretty much be positive."

Our camera was the only one there when Reid was released on bond and left with his attorney around 10:45 Monday morning.

Tallahassee Police say it all started here at the BP Gas Station at 1520 Jackson Bluff Road around 1:40 a.m.

Officers say they pulled over a man driving a scooter, but he fought when they tried to cuff him and ran away.

The officers say they found out the scooter belonged to Reid...but, when they questioned Reid at his home, police say the FSU cornerback referred to his friend driving the scooter as "Montrel" instead of his real name of "Rontrel" Frazier.

Police say Reid also lied about not having any contact with Frazier, which landed Reid behind bars.

Tim Jansen, Greg Reid's attorney, says, "It had nothing to do with him. He was at home, he did nothing wrong and we believe it's a misunderstanding."

Reid was charged with obstruction and perjury.

Taylor Chaffin, another FSU Student says. "So many times these players get into these little mishaps, it'll happen. We all get in trouble some way or another. So, I wasn't too, too surprised."

Cindy Etling, an FSU Student, adds, "He's one of the big players, so of course it's going to hurt any team's morale. But, hopefully they'll get back on their game because it's our time!"

Police are not commenting on why Frazier was stopped nor whether he is facing any criminal charges or traffic citations.

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UPDATED 9.26.2011 12:25pm by Julie Montanaro

Tallahassee Police are not commenting on why Greg Reid's friend was pulled over in a traffic stop earlier in the night.

Right now, we can find no record of any criminal charges filed against Rontrel Frazier, or any traffic citations filed with the clerk.

TPD Spokesman Dave Northway says, "The investigation pertaining to Mr. Frazier is on-going at this time."

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 - 11:15am

FSU cornerback Greg Reid was arrested in the early morning hours of September 26th. The star football player has since been released from jail.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lanetra Bennett was the only reporter there when Reid was released from the Leon County Jail.

FSU football player Greg Reid was charged with resisting arrest without violence. Reid walked out of the Leon County Jail after being released on $1,000 bond. He had his attorney Tim Jansen by his side as he left the jail.

The arrest stems from an incident with Reid's friend. Tallahassee Police say they pulled over Reid's friend while he was driving Reid's scooter around 2:30 this morning. The friend fled the scene. Police say when they went to Reid's home, Reid gave them the wrong name for his friend. Police say Reid also lied and said he hadn't spoken with the friend.

Reid was also charged with perjury not in an official setting.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 - 11:15am

Florida State University football player Greg Reid's attorney, Tim Jansen, briefly stopped to speak with Eyewitness News as he and Reid were walking from the Leon County Jail booking area.

Jansen says that Reid wasn't even there at the incident location and that Reid will be cleared from all charges and cleared with the school.

Jansen says he hasn't heard anything about the football team.

Reid did not say anything.

Reid posted a $1000 bond.

Stay with WCTV for more.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 - 10:30am

Attached is the probable cause for the arrest of Greg Reid from the Tallahassee Police Department. TPD says that the investigation is on-going at this time, therefore further information is limited.

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Tallahassee, Florida - September 26, 2011 -

Florida State University football player Greg Reid is arrested, according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office. The 21-year-old cornerback was arrested on September 26 on charges of resisting an officer without violence and perjury not in an official proceeding.

The Tallahassee Police Department is listed as the arresting agency.

Greg Reid is from Valdosta, Georgia and is a Junior at Florida State.


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  • by Vinny Location: Florida on Oct 8, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Reid is overrated. I watched the Wake Forest game. He couldn't cover my grandmother and she is dead. Jimbo, #5 has to go. If he's the best you have please don't show me the worst.
  • by Sad Day Location: Tallahassee on Oct 1, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    It's a sad day, after reading all the comments and the probable cause. It's clear that Reid lied to the police in order to cover for a friend who fought with the police. Then Reid threatened the officer and the officer's family. How can the average person not see that. All Reid had to do is tell the truth. That he loaned a scooter to a friend. Why protect someone who fought with the police. Why take up for someone who threatens the policeman and his family. If I was Jimbo, Reid would be done at FSU. Disgraceful!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM
    That comment was completely unnecessary!
  • by Vic on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    What a complete waste of money and resources by TPD.
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      by Gman on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to Vic
      EXACTLY! Didn't they know better than to harrass one of the golden boys? duh.... football rules!!
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        by BobbyB on Sep 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM in reply to Gman
        Yeah! They should've known better then that!!! C'mon you don't mess with them thar golden boys!!! :D
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          by What??? on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to BobbyB
          The charges would have been dropped for ANY Tallahassee resident, including yourself. These were not valid charges that would have stood up in a court of law.
  • by nolefan Location: talla on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    wow... keep ur head up greg... u nd fsu u have alot of hatas. but we all kno FSU gone bounce back. I BLEED GARNETT ND GOLD!!!!
  • by Gman Location: Tally on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    Lucky for him he plays football!!!
  • by BobbyB on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    Wonder how much Jimbo paid for this one?????
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      by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to BobbyB
      Why oh why don't people who write on news boards READ THE FACTS.
      • reply
        by What??? on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM in reply to
        BobbyB- What is with you on this issue??? You need to read the trumped up arrest report again.
    • reply
      by anon on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:52 PM in reply to BobbyB
      reading your comments has made me lose a bit of faith in humanity.
    • reply
      by Jim on Sep 29, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to BobbyB
      Nothing snot nose
  • by David H. Location: Wakulla on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    All charges dropped,sounds like TPD overreacted again.
  • by Lisa on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    Must be nice to be black.
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      by Brer Rabbit on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to Lisa
      Not a question of race, it's a question of right versus wrong. The reputation of TPD is horrible. If you don't believe me, ask the Hoffmans, the Grahams, and read about the Lofland case. Their job is to protect and serve. Neither was done here. The only mission that was accomplished here, as is typical with this police chief, was to destroy this kid's life and career. This is an official pattern.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:56 AM in reply to Brer Rabbit
        Sure....lets bring in a lying cheating drug dealer to prove a point...yeah...and I bet you think Obama is doing a great job too!
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          by Brer Rabbit on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:32 AM in reply to
          Actually I think he is doing a great job in some aspects, especially in Iraq and Astan and foreign relations, repairing damaged relations with allies. Regarding the drug dealer, she was innocent until proven guilty. If able, in other words if she were not set up to be murdered by TPD then I would stand her up against Mayor Marks and Bill Proctor any day.
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          by Reagan Republican on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:22 PM in reply to
          @ Brer Rabbit: Rachel Hoffman was a college graduate who chose not to get a job but instead chose to sell marijuana for a profit. She was arrested several times for the same offense and she charted her own path of danger in the underground world of drugs. TPD has a tremendous reputation with our community and has won several awards for excellence. Unfortunately, an officer made a poor decision arresting Greg Reid for charges that were not relevant to the crime committed by his friend.
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      by David on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:07 AM in reply to Lisa
      Back in Black,its a fact.
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      by YepYep on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:00 AM in reply to Lisa
      Of course it is cause they get EVERYTHING in life!
  • by CrimoNole Location: Tally Ho on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    Another free Crimonole just play for FSU and you do not go to jail for lying to the police.....wow what a waste of time to read this story. The accountability should run with football players, college students as well as society.
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