It’s a bye week in Oxford, but Chad Kelly’s still managing to get people upset on the net. The Ole Miss quarterback had to be pulled off the field of a high school football game during a benches-clearing brawl that erupted after his little brother took a late hit.
Chad was back in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. to watch his brother, Casey, quarterback a game for St. Joe’s High. According to Tom Martin of News 4 Buffalo, a late hit on Casey ignited a fight that brought both sidelines—Chad included—onto the field.
Here’s the video, which shows the late hit, the brawl and Chad being restrained by St. Joe’s coaches and players.
FULL VIDEO: Here is the play that started the fight at Timon. Chad Kelly then goes onto field after hit on brother Casey. Game called. pic.twitter.com/2ImgM7lGZI— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) October 8, 2016
To be clear, there’s no evidence that Chad did anything other than run onto the field—no punches thrown, no physical altercation of any sort.
St. Joe's coach tells me Chad did not go to other sideline... Appears in my video he was close but told he was closer to midfield.— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) October 8, 2016
St. Joe's coach tells me Chad Kelly did not throw any punches or join the pushing/shoving. Simply on field, then restrained.— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) October 8, 2016
It’s not a great look for a guy whose temper got him kicked out of Clemson and, almost immediately after signing with Ole Miss, arrested at a bar in Buffalo. Still, this will inevitably be turned into a bigger deal than it probably should. A guy saw his brother take a cheap shot and disappear under a melee, so, in a moment of anger and concern, ran onto the field to help him.
For context, fight started literally on top of Chad’s brother, Casey, who took late hit. Chad was on the field after shoving escalated.— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) October 8, 2016
Hugh Freeze released this statement: