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Is Chad Kelly’s apology to Clemson too little, too late?

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Former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly shared his apology to his coaches, teammates and family after being dismissed by the program earlier this week. The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said he let his family down.

”I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans,” Kelly said. ”Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”

Kelly was booted from the team following an apparent meltdown during the spring game last weekend, but it was a pattern of poor behavior that ultimately cost him his spot on the Clemson roster. Head coach Dabo Swinney stated a pattern of behavior as the reasoning behind the roster cut after it was reported Kelly was arguing with coaches over play calling in the spring game.

”He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” Swinney said earlier this week. ”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.”

Kelly understands and agrees with that thought as well.

”I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers,” Kelly said. ”What’s most important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete and most importantly, as a man.”

The apology may be too little, too late as far as his position with Clemson is concerned. Clemson named Cole Stoudt as the starting quarterback to replace Tajh Boyd this upcoming season soon after the dismissal of Kelly.

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22 Responses to “Is Chad Kelly’s apology to Clemson too little, too late?”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 16, 2014 7:58 PM

    Go play at San Antonio barber college and gain some perspective.

    Loudmouth, entitled punk.

  2. onlyoneleft says: Apr 16, 2014 8:13 PM

    Are you kidding with a second chance?. He was given a chance when he signed. Second chance, my
    eye. Maybe FSU, Carolina or one of the SEC schools will give him a chance.

  3. jimmy53 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:16 PM

    The cops had to escort him from the field this week—bye bye.

  4. annapterp says: Apr 16, 2014 8:39 PM

    He’ll be playing college football somewhere. Jerk or not, some mature later than others and sometimes it takes a big fall to make it happen. Time will tell if he learns from this.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 16, 2014 8:56 PM

    Kid disrespects many and exhibits a pattern of behavior that is concerning. The organization sets standards that are violated and the organization dismisses him. It’s the athletic department that can forgive or not.

    That the writer of the piece spins this as “Dabo is a hypocrite” is pretty poor.

  6. ecnc30 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:21 PM

    Go play division three, someplace cold and out of the way so we never have to see you or hear you on ESPN…then, get drafted by the Toronto Bills and never ever get to even sniff the playoffs…jerk.

  7. irishdodger says: Apr 16, 2014 10:49 PM

    Nice jab at Swinney’s Christian faith by the writer. I’m sure he did or will forgive Kelly, but that doesn’t mean he obligated to keep him on the team.

  8. cfballfan1 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:27 PM

    Many forget what they were like when they were this kids age. He got a major wake – up call and hopefully he learns from it and can turn a big life – lesson into another shit somewhere else.

  9. stoicpaisano says: Apr 16, 2014 11:57 PM

    Then he turned away and said “beat that, you little trout-sniffer.”

  10. ningenito78 says: Apr 17, 2014 1:24 AM

    Entitled dbag. It’s football not church. For the sake of the team I can’t let that punk back.

  11. addict2sport says: Apr 17, 2014 7:25 AM

    Don’t understand the need to throw that little jab in on the Coach’s religious standing like that. Pretty lame.

  12. bonerchamp says: Apr 17, 2014 8:23 AM

    This is nothing new. He was a jerkoff all through high school.

  13. 1historian says: Apr 17, 2014 8:48 AM

    Kid, your punishment is simple – go look your uncle in the eye after he’s come out of once of his cancer therapy sessions.
    May God grant you the gift of shame.

  14. thraiderskin says: Apr 17, 2014 9:11 AM

    U know, dabo can be a Christian and forgive Kelly, but that doesn’t mean he needs to let him back on the team. Forgiveness is an action unto itself.

  15. vahusker says: Apr 17, 2014 9:22 AM

    It’s never too late to apologize. However, it’s too late to be placed back on Clemson’s team. He will find somewhere else to play.

  16. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:23 AM

    Pattern of behavior…coaches can’t control you bc you won’t listen so police escort you out of a SPRING game…two series and two pics. This isn’t a forgiveness issue, this kid needs to learn a lesson and it will include playing somewhere else.

  17. cubano76 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:38 AM

    C’mon people! Let’s give the kid some credit. He not only went out, he went out is SPECTACULAR fashion. Police escort and everything. Still a dumb dumb. But dang funny!

  18. Kevin McGuire says: Apr 17, 2014 10:59 AM

    Just for the record, I was not trying to take a dig at Swinney’s faith. I apologize if that is how it came across.

  19. Kevin McGuire says: Apr 17, 2014 11:27 AM

    (I removed the last sentence since it seemed to offend some readers. Again, that was not the intention. My sense of humor may have been misplaced and it did not translate as well as I hoped it would.)

  20. irishdodger says: Apr 17, 2014 1:48 PM

    Kevin, I respect your responses and appreciate your candidness. Anyone who does wrong can & should be forgiven but that doesn’t mean that consequences shouldn’t occur.

  21. onlyoneleft says: Apr 17, 2014 3:35 PM

    You would think that a writer for NBC sports would have shown better judgment. Kelly could do better than that.

  22. dhardy8207 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:15 AM

    ” Swinney said earlier this week. ”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.”

    Sounds like by the above statement that Dabo harbors no hard feelings or ill will toward this young man. It was a decision that directly affects the team. If he can’t control his temper with the coaches he certainly would have no problems losing it on his teammates and that would spell disaster for the season. Last thing a team needs is a spoiled brat in control of the offense and tempo of the game.

    As for the “forgiving” comment, I don’t know too many bosses that forgive you for throwing a fit on the job and then decide to let you come back….

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