With the Rebels on their bye week and no Saturday action hanging in the balance, Ole Miss starting quarterback Chad Kelly was in attendance for his brother’s high school football game on Friday, in which he rushed the field after a brawl involving his younger brother, Casey, erupted.
The game between St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School was suspended by Buffalo police. There have been no reports of any arrests, however.
“From the version I’ve heard, he didn’t do anything to anybody. They were pulling him back because he gets emotional,” head coach Hugh Freeze said, per ESPN. “I probably would too if that were my family.”
Freeze had no intentions of disciplining Kelly unless further evidence was gathered. The head coach then took to Twitter, saying:
“I have spoke to Chad and his family. He understands that he should have handled this difficult situation with his brother differently. He has apologized, and will continue to address this when he returns to campus.”
The fight broke out when Casey took a late hit, according to his mother, Charlene. She then said that Bishop Timon-St. Jude players were “stomping on Case and throwing haymakers.”
The elder Kelly does have somewhat of a history, as he was arrested after a bar fight two years ago, in which the quarterback plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
He is in his second season with Ole Miss following stops at Clemson and East Mississippi Community College. Kelly entered Saturday with 1,596 yards through the air and 13 touchdowns for the 3-2 Rebels.