Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly faced the media on Monday and, to nobody’s surprise, the senior owned up to his recent actions at a high school game in his hometown where he was seen running onto the field during a brawl that had broken out.
“If I could’ve done it differently, I definitely would have. I obviously wouldn’t have run out on the field,” Kelly said, per ESPN. “I regret doing it. But at the same time, I’m sure any of us, if we saw a family member out there in need of help, we would’ve come to the rescue too.”
With the Rebels on their bye last weekend, Kelly had returned home to upstate New York and attended his younger brother Casey’s game in the Buffalo area on Friday night. The signal-caller was caught on video running onto the field and getting in the middle of a skirmish involving both teams and several coaches.
Kelly’s mother told ESPN that the entire thing got started when the opposing team made a late hit on Casey Kelly, who was playing quarterback at the time.
“He was very apologetic that it brought a bad light on him and our program,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Monday. “But I think the events that happened could have happened to a lot of us. He knows he cannot continue to do that in his brand change. But that’s it. It’s over.”
The Rebels will travel to Arkansas this Saturday and you can probably expect the team’s quarterback to be on his best behavior the rest of the season as a result of last week’s actions.