Chad Kelly, a former Buffalo area high school quarterback, was arrested early Sunday morning after police reported he fought with bouncers — and later with police — trying to evict him and another person from a downtown bar and restaurant.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cops Say Kelly Threatened to Get His AK-47 & ‘Spray This Place’
Police reported that Kelly and his companion had refused to leave Encore at 492 Pearl St. about 3:15 a.m. Sunday and punched a bouncer in the face. Kelly’s companion, Brandon Hickey, had been thrown out of the bar earlier and tried to re-enter.
According to police, Kelly continued to fight with two bouncers and said: “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place.”
2. Kelly Is the Nephew of NFL Legend Jim Kelly
Current Buffalo Bills’ star wide receiver — and former Clemson standout — Sammy Watkins reached out to Kelly directly in a tweet.
3. Kelly Was a High School Star in Buffalo
Kelly played his high school football for St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. In 2011, Kelly was named The Buffalo News Player of the Year as well as the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA Player of the Year.
4.Kelly Had Just Signed a Letter of Intent to Play at Ole Miss
He signed a scholarship offer with the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. Kelly enrolled at East Mississippi Community College for the 2014 season, and he threw for 3,905 yards and 47 touchdowns as EMCC won its third National Junior College Athletic Association title in four years on Dec. 6. Kelly was regarded as the nation’s top junior college quarterback this season.
5. Kelly Was Dismissed From Clemson in April Because of Questionable Behavior
Clemson dismissed Kelly from the team because of “conduct detrimental to our program.” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney released a statement:
“He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” Swinney said in the release. “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.”