Chad Kelly‘s lawyer is adamant that his client is not at fault for a brawl with bouncers that landed the Ole Miss quarterback signee in jail early Sunday morning. According to video posted by Deadspin on Monday morning, he may have a point.
“I think that someone put their hands out to Chad first and for a very brief period of time, a period of five or six seconds, it appears Chad was trying to defend himself while he was being assaulted,” attorney Thomas J. Eonnanu said. “… This is a very short brief struggle that as we all can see from the video Chad didn’t start and thankfully no one was injured.”
As for the other salacious charges from the Buffalo Police Department’s incident report and published by the Buffalo News, that Kelly reportedly said, “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place,” Eonnanu is still working on it. The audio is not available on the 35-second clip.
“You can only surmise why someone would say it,” Eonnanu told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Kelly was charged with seven misdemeanors, in part because the incident report alleges he fought with law enforcement from the scene of the scuffle all the way to central booking.
“Kelly was forcibly removed from the vehicle, officers said,” writes the Buffalo News. “Police said Kelly kicked and tried to swing at officers as they removed him from the vehicle. They said he resisted getting into a patrol vehicle and struggled with staff at central booking.”
Eonnanu said his office is still investigating those claims. “We’re looking forward to putting this behind him so he can play football,” he said.
The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Kelly signed with Clemson out of high school but was dismissed for what Dabo Swinney deemed “conduct detrimental to our program.” He spent the 2014 season leading East Mississippi Community College to the national championship and was regarded as the nation’s top junior college passer after throwing for 3,905 yards and 47 touchdowns. He signed with Ole Miss earlier this month.
The Rebels are taking a wait-and-see approach before determining Kelly’s status with the program.
Ole Miss releases a statement from Hugh Freeze that says, “We are gathering facts on the matter.”
— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) December 22, 2014
Released later Sunday, Kelly’s next court appearance is slated for Jan. 5.