Mississippi quarterback signee Chad Kelly pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct, and agreed to serve 50 hours of community service. Kelly, a top community college signee, allegedly found trouble outside of a local Buffalo club where he fought with two bouncers after being rejected from a club for the second time. The alleged incident reportedly occurred on December 21 and has since clouded Kelly’s playing status with Ole Miss. Following his plea, Kelly declined to comment to reporters.
Thomas Eoannou, Kelly’s attorney, said he had been in contact with the school and head coach Hugh Freeze, but Freeze told the Associated Press he is yet to make a decision on Kelly’s future. The verdict should be made in the next few days, as the date for which Kelly would arrive on campus quickly approaches. A major factor in coach Freeze’s choice could be the alleged fact that Kelly claimed to have said, “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK47 and spray this place,” after being punched by the bouncers. No team needs a player with that type of mentality, and bringing a player like that on board could divide the locker room; especially if he’s able to win the starting quarterback role.
The nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has a strong history of troublesome behavior, as he was kicked off of the Clemson Tigers for conduct detrimental to the team. Despite the problems, Kelly has always shown promise on the football team, and after leading East Mississippi Community College to a NJCAA Championship, signed to play for the Rebels. If Kelly is able to stay out of the headlines, he could take over for Bo Wallace, and possibly lead Ole Miss in the difficult SEC.
“My assessment is he’s a good kid. He’s highly competitive. He’s highly emotional,” Eoannou said, “and he needs to learn to shut that off when he’s not on the football field.”
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