Chad Kelly, the sophomore frontrunner for Clemson quarterback, was dismissed from the team this week for detrimental conduct after reportedly mouthing off to coaches during Saturday's spring game.
Kelly, the Niagara Falls, N.Y., native who's also the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly, started Saturday's Orange and White game but was benched in the second half after throwing two interceptions, according to USA Today Sports
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He reportedly then "let the coaches hear it," according to The Post and Courier of Charleston.
"You're not going to have guys crossing a line with coaches just because they're frustrated with whatever," head coach Dabo Swinney told the newspaper Saturday. "He got frustrated and reacted the way your leader can't react. It's just that simple."
On Monday, Kelly was dismissed from the team.
"I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program. He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," Swinney's official statement read. "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."
Rumors swirled over the weekend that Kelly had been involved in some sort of auto accident, and some assumed that was the reason behind his dismissal. But Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina 2012 and current Clemson student, took to Twitter Monday to set the record straight.
"I would like to explain exactly what happened in regards to Chad Kelly, who was dismissed from the Clemson Football team today," Rogers posted. "Last Thursday night, he was riding with someone who backed into my car in my apartment complex. I said I was going to call the police to file the proper report, and Chad got out of the car asking me not to call. He became very agitated and was extremely disrespectful. As proud as I am to be part of the Clemson Football program, it was very disheartening that he showed no remorse for his behavior."
"Chad's words and actions do not reflect what our coaches have worked so hard to instill in our players," Rogers continued. "As Coach Swinney stated earlier today, 'Chad has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program.' This incident was simply another example, but not the reason he was dismissed from the team. I hate all this has happened and wish Chad all the best."
Kelly also took to the social networking site with his feelings about the whole ordeal in a since-deleted tweet:
"Thats Crazy Someone Would Lie Like That? Wow Is All Imma Say. Good Thing I Got A Great Family And Close Friends."
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