Chad Kelly issues apology following Clemson dismissal
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It was a rough way to start the week for St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute graduate and former quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly, the nephew of longtime Buffalo Bills great and Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kelly, was dismissed from the Clemson University football program following an on-field altercation on Saturday.
Kelly was reportedly seen arguing with coaches during the first half of the school's Spring Game on Saturday, and was subsequently benched for the second half. He was in a competition to replace the graduated Tajh Boyd as the starter, but lost not only the job but his spot on the team in the process.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kelly issued an apology by way of a press release.
"I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior," he said. "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."
"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."
"What's important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete, and most importantly, as a man," Kelly said. "Right now, I'm optimistic about the future. It's not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I'll be a better person both on and off the field."
Kelly has yet to announce if he'll be transferring from the school following his dismissal.