MSU football player arraigned for OWI

Jayden Reed was cited by the MSU Police and Public Safety department in July.
MSU player over legal limit in OWI cases
Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 10:36 AM EST
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed appeared in 54-B District court on Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charges.

Reed, 20, was cited in July 2020 for OWI by the MSU Police and Public Safety department. Court documents show a count of operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL). Ingham County has a Zero Tolerance code for anyone under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 and over.

In a virtual hearing before Judge Andrea Larkin, Reed’s attorney David Meyers entered a plea of not guilty. A personal bond was set at $500. Reed’s next court appearance is a pre-trial hearing set for Wednesday Fed. 24 at 10:15 a.m.

Benjamin Phlegar, an Associate Director of Athletics at MSU, spoke to News 10 via email about the school’s knowledge of the incident, which is alleged to have taken place in July and only Wednesday resulted in an arraignment.

“Michigan State Athletics was aware of the situation involving Jayden Reed last July and the matter was addressed internally by the football program prior to the start of the 2020 season,” Phlegar wrote.


An affidavit provided by the 54-B District Court shows that Reed’s blood-alcohol level was .094. The legal limit to drive is .08.

MSU police say they pulled Reed over because he didn’t stop for a blinking red light and was driving slightly above the speed limit.

He was given warnings for that and a misdemeanor citation for “Operating under 21 with blood-alcohol content”. The Ingham County Prosecutor’s office later bumped it up to a criminal offense.

Despite the July arrest, Reed started in every single game MSU played last year and was the team’s second-leading receiver.

Reed, a 6-foot, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, appeared in all seven games for the Spartans in the 2020 season after transferring from Western Michigan University.

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