Deion Sanders did his best to help encourage Ed Reed during a difficult situation at Bethune-Cookman.

Early Saturday morning, Reed put out a statement that his contract agreement with the program would not be ratified. Reed also met with the Bethune-Cookman players and a group of recruits to discuss the turn of events.

With that meeting broadcast via Instagram Live, Deion joined the meeting and delivered a message to Reed:

“We talked about this, we know the structure, we know the order, we know how this was gonna play out, and you’ve been there fighting,” said Sanders. “I know what you’re feeling, I know what you’re going through. You’ve got to understand, Ed, God has a time and a place for you brother. And I know your heart, I know everything that’s going on inside of you… and I know how you feel about them kids and I know you do not want to leave those kids.”

Sanders also advised Reed that sometimes the best thing to do is to walk away from a situation. While that can be tough, Sanders made it clear to Reed he hasn’t let anybody down in the situation.

“Sometimes, Ed, you’ve got to walk away my brother,” Sanders explained. “I know it’s tough, and I know you don’t want to hear it, but sometimes in life, we gotta walk away. You didn’t let nobody down, Ed, you didn’t let those kids down. You did what you were called to do and you tried your best.”

We’ll see if Reed gets another chance as a head coach down the road. For now, Bethune-Cookman is off the table.