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Ole Miss Football Recruit Chad Kelly Arrested After Reported Fight with Bouncers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2014

Clemson backup quarterback Chad Kelly, nephew of ex- NFL player Jim Kelly,  delivers a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday against South Carolina State , Sept. 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)
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Ole Miss commit Chad Kelly faces charges of third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing and resisting arrest, among others, after being arrested early Sunday, according to Joseph Popiolkowski and Keith McShea of The Buffalo News. He has agreed to a plea bargain.    

Continue for updates.


Kelly Agrees to Plea Bargain

Monday, Jan. 5

Lou Raguse of WIVB reported that Kelly has agreed to a plea bargain. Raguse also revealed new details regarding Kelly's status at Ole Miss:

Lou Raguse @LouRaguse

Chad Kelly is agreeing to Plea Bargain. Must apologize to Buffalo Police and do 50 h community service

Lou Raguse @LouRaguse

Chad Kelly's lawyer indicated he has been in contact with Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze, and thinks Kelly will keep his scholarship.


Kelly Facing Charges After Arrest

Sunday, Dec. 21

The charges stem from a reported fight between Kelly and bouncers at a bar in downtown Buffalo, per The Buffalo News report:

Kelly, 20, of Niagara Falls, refused to leave Encore at 492 Pearl St. about 3:15 a.m. and punched a bouncer in the face, Buffalo police said. Kelly's companion, Brandon Hickey, 21, of Clarence, had been thrown out of the bar earlier and tried to re-enter, police said.

Kelly continued to fight with two bouncers and stated "I'm going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place," according to a report.

The report goes on to state that Kelly would not calm down once the police arrived: 

Buffalo police officers responding to that alleged threat stopped a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck in which Kelly was a passenger at 458 Pearl.

Kelly was forcibly removed from the vehicle, officers said. Police said Kelly kicked and tried to swing at officers as they removed him from the vehicle. They said he resisted getting into a patrol vehicle and struggled with staff at central booking.

Kelly signed a letter of intent with the Rebels on Wednesday.

"We needed to create competition and depth at quarterback," head coach Hugh Freeze said, via the Ole Miss athletic site. "And we were able to do that with Chad Kelly."

USA TODAY's Dan Wolken also provided a quote Freeze gave The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Freeze on Kelly four days ago to @clarionledger: “I did my home visit with he and his family and was convinced he was the guy we wanted"

ESPN.com's Travis Haney said he believed Ole Miss should have done a better job in the recruiting process:

Travis Haney @travhaney

I don't have a snarky Chad Kelly joke. Just get yourself together, man. And Ole Miss needed to vet this better; red flags were there.

Kelly is the nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he's the best dual-threat junior-college quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. He was a 4-star QB coming out of high school in 2012 when he signed with Clemson.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney dismissed Kelly from the team in April after Kelly argued with the coaching staff during Clemson's spring game.

"He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," Swinney said at the time, per ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson. "I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically."

It's currently unknown how this news will affect Kelly's status with Ole Miss.