Chad Kelly apologizes for behavior that got him kicked off team

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly, left, runs a play in front of head coach Dabo Swinney, right, during an NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly is apologizing for his actions that led to his dismissal from the Clemson Tigers football team.

In a press release sent out by his father, Chad Kelly stated, “I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior. I am disappointed in myself. I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans. Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”

Kelly, a Niagara Falls native and sophomore at Clemson, was dismissed from the team after a sidelines argument during the second half of the spring game where he disagreed with coaches over whether to go for it on fourth down.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney said, “He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. 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.”

According to reports, this is not the first time Kelly has been cut by a team. He was kicked off the Red Lion High School football team in Pennsylvania his sophomore year due to undisclosed reasons. He then finished his high school career at St. Joe’s in Tonawanda.

In his statement on Wednesday, Kelly said, “I have always been competitive to a fault, winning at all costs. I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with Coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.”

For now, he says he is optimistic about the future and says that no matter what happens, “I’ll be a better person both on and off the field.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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