BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Local football star Chad Kelly – the nephew of Bills great Jim Kelly – agreed to a plea bargain in Buffalo City Court, Monday afternoon. All of his criminal charges from a December arrest – assault, harassment, menacing, obstruction and resisting arrest – are dropped.
Kelly instead pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, which is a violation.
He will need to complete 50 hours of community service, write an apology to Buffalo Police, and avoid being arrested for the next 12 months.
Kelly is allowed to complete his community service in Mississippi, but it must be done by March 9, or the judge said she will send him to jail for 15 days.
Charges stemmed from a brawl that happened outside of Encore, a bar and restaurant in downtown Buffalo. The entire scuffle was caught on camera, which Kelly’s lawyer Tom Eoannou believes led to the favorable plea deal.
“This was a plea deal where the crimes were dismissed, and that was based on the fact that the tape showed he didn’t assault anybody,” Eoannou said.
The video shows the bouncer talking to Kelly initiated the physical contact. Kelly shoved him back, and a wild fight ensued. Eoannou claims Kelly was choked, and near the end of the video you can see Kelly take a punch square in the face. It was unclear whether Kelly landed any punches.
Following the release of that video, the State Liquor Authority said it would be investigating Encore Bar, as Kelly isn’t of age to even be at a bar.
Kelly made national headlines because he was charged with threatening to grab an AK-47 from his truck and “spray the place.” But nowhere on the video can you hear that.
A week before the incident, Kelly committed to play at Ole Miss next year. He used to play for Clemson, but the team dismissed him for “conduct detrimental to the team” earlier this year.
“My assessment is that he’s a good kid. He’s highly competitive, he’s highly emotional, and he needs to learn how to shut that off when he’s off the football field. That’s my sense of it,” Eoannou said.
With the plea bargain to disorderly conduct, Kelly has to stay out of trouble for one year, write a letter of apology to Buffalo Police, and finish 50 hours of community service which he is allowed to do at Ole Miss, where he will head Tuesday.
“We’ve been in constant contact with Ole Miss. They’ve been very concerned on a daily basis. So it should be fine,” Eoannou said.
Eoannou acknowledged Kelly put himself in a position where something this could happen.
“I agree. And I think that’s what Chad has to learn. Even if you’re in the right, turn around and walk away,” Eoannou said.
A public relations representative for Ole Miss, if asked if Kelly will keep his scholarship, wrote: “A decision will not be made until Coach Freeze discusses it with Chad and his family.”