BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ A former Indiana player alleges that coach Bob Knight choked him during a practice, according to a CNN/Sports Illustrated story scheduled to air Wednesday.

Guard Neil Reed, who transferred from Indiana to Southern Mississippi in 1997, said at the time that he was abused physically and mentally by Knight. In the CNN/SI story, Reed said he was choked by Knight for about five seconds before other coaches separated them and that Knight once told Indiana president Myles Brand to leave practice.

Knight did not return a phone call from The Associated Press for comment.

Tim Garl, Indiana's basketball trainer for 19 years, told USA Today the ``choking thing never happened. I've seen coach yell at Reed, grab his jersey and kick him out of practice, but I've never seen him punch anybody. And kicking the president out of practice is ridiculous. Give me a lie detector.''