Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Kameron Kelly was arrested on two counts of terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest early Friday morning. He was kicked out of a bar in South Side Pittsburgh prior to the arrest, according to court documents obtained by KDKA 2 News.
The criminal complaint says police were called to Mario’s South Side Saloon after Kelly, 23, refused to leave. The NFL player is being charged with threatening an employee after allegedly saying he would knock him out because the jukebox wasn’t playing his requested song.
Police said they tried to explain to Kelly, who’s 6-foot-2 and weighs 205 pounds, that he wasn’t allowed back inside Mario’s, but he continued to try to force his way in. While this situation was unfolding, the criminal complaint added that an officer accidentally stepped on a woman’s foot, who was identified as Kelly’s “girl,” which caused the Steelers safety to allegedly become even more aggressive. Police said that Kelly resisted arrest and told a cop, “I promise to God I’ll (expletive) kill you.”
In order to “gain control” of the situation, the officer punched Kelly in the face multiple times before arresting him. Afterward, Kelly was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and taken to Allegheny County Jail.
The Steelers announced on Friday afternoon that they had waived Kelly and promoted Marcus Allen to the active roster.
What Is a Terroristic Threat?
According to JD Law, “a Pennsylvania charge of terroristic threats, in violation of 18 Pa.C.S.A. prohibits a person from communicating a threat to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another. The communication of the threat can be: Direct, such as a verbal threat to kill someone, or Indirect and nonverbal, such as pointing a gun at a person’s head.”
Kelly had an impressive college football career at San Diego State University, where he recorded a career-high 54 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and caught three interceptions during his senior year. He was named First-Team All-Mountain West following the year but was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.
While the Dallas Cowboys initially signed Kelly as an undrafted free agent, he was released before the preseason started, and in October 2018, was signed to play for the Alliance of American Football’s San Diego Fleet. While with the Fleet, he played under head coach Mike Martz as a wide receiver, but later returned to his collegiate position as a defensive back.
Kameron Kelly’s NFL Debut
After the AAF was shut down, Kelly signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April 2019. He made his NFL debut with Pittsburgh during Week 1 of the 2019 season, where he recorded seven tackles in the team’s 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots. In Week 5, Kelly recorded his first career NFL interception against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. He started 14 games and notched 21 tackles through the first 15 games of the season.
Earlier this season Kelly’s teammate, Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo, was arrested on several charges — including assault — for an incident with his girlfriend, Alysha Newman. He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List during the investigation, but after the charges were dropped, Chickillo was reinstated to play on October 31, 2019.