Former Clemson and newly acquired Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested early Sunday morning after getting into a scuffle with police in Buffalo, NY.
According to the Buffalo News, the nephew of Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has been charged with “third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.”
Supposedly, Kelly struck a bouncer in the face and proceeded to get into a fight with another bouncer before resisting arrest from the local police. Shortly after, Kelly apparently threatened to bring out a gun, stating,
“I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.”
Kelly’s lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, claims that Kelly was not the instigator of the fight and did not make such a threatening statement. A video surfaced of the scuffle Kelly was involved in and Eoannou mentioned that no statement was made regarding the AK-47.
“It’s obvious Chad was not the one who started this incident,” Eoannou stated to The Associated Press earlier today. “There’s no evidence of a threat of an AK in that video.”
Ole Miss is still investigating the details regarding the incident and no decision has been made regarding Kelly’s status on the team moving forward.
Kelly originally signed with Clemson but was kicked off the team due to detrimental conduct. He then enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and led them to the National Junior College Athletic Association title.
After deciding to sign with the Rebels, fans were excited about Kelly’s addition to the team. He has a lot of talent and can beat you both through the air and with his feet. With the departure of quarterback Bo Wallace, Kelly has an opportunity to win the starting job this upcoming spring. However, it remains to be seen if he will even get the chance to.
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