Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested early Tuesday morning and is facing a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, according to police in Englewood, Colorado.
A news release from the police department says officers responded to a call at 1:17 a.m. local time for a male standing outside of a residence on South Lincoln Street in the city.
While officers were responding, they were informed that the male had entered the residence.
According to the arrest affidavit, Kelly entered the home uninvited and sat down on the couch next to a woman who was holding her young child. Kelly allegedly “mumbled incoherently.” The male homeowner whacked Kelly with an aluminum vacuum tube and kicked him out of the house.
The man was chased out of the home by its occupant, and after a short search, the man described by the victim was found in a black SUV near the Gothic Theatre. Teammate Von Miller held a players-only Halloween party at the theatre on Monday night.
He was identified as Chad Kelly; Kelly was arrested without incident and was brought to the Arapahoe County jail on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing. He was in court at 9:30 a.m. local time.
The Broncos have released a brief statement on the matter: “We are disappointed that Chad Kelly was arrested early this morning. Our organization has been in contact with Chad, and we are in the process of gathering more information.”
Kelly, the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2017 draft and nephew to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, was chosen so low not just because of on-field inconsistency, but also off-field red flags: He was suspended and then dismissed from his first high school team, and he was dismissed from Clemson in April 2014 for conduct detrimental to the team. Several months after that, he was at a Buffalo nightclub when Kelly punched a bouncer in the face when the friend he was with was kicked out of the club; Kelly also threatened to “get my AK-47 and spray this place” according to a police report. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in that case.
Kelly was also in the headlines in 2016 while playing at Ole Miss. During the team’s bye week, he’d attended the game of his younger brother, and ran out of the stands and onto the field when a late hit on his brother, the team’s quarterback, led to a scuffle between both sides.
Kelly has one career snap, earlier this month against the Los Angeles Rams.
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