Chad Kelly, a former local high school football star who signed a major college football scholarship offer last week, was arrested early Sunday after police say he fought with bouncers trying to evict him and a companion from a downtown bar and restaurant and later scuffled with police.
Kelly, 20, of Niagara Falls, refused to leave Encore at 492 Pearl St. about 3:15 a.m. and punched a bouncer in the face, Buffalo police said. Kelly’s companion, Brandon Hickey, 21, of Clarence, had been thrown out of the bar earlier and tried to re-enter, police said.
Kelly continued to fight with two bouncers and stated “I’m going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place,” according to a report.
Buffalo police officers responding to that alleged threat stopped a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck in which Kelly was a passenger at 458 Pearl.
Kelly was forcibly removed from the vehicle, officers said. Police said Kelly kicked and tried to swing at officers as they removed him from the vehicle. They said he resisted getting into a patrol vehicle and struggled with staff at central booking.
The bar’s security staff, Scott May and Clay Hubert, suffered minor injuries in the melee, including pain and swelling, according to the report.
Kelly faces multiple charges including third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree obstructing governmental administration. Kelly was arraigned later in Buffalo City Court and released without bail to await further court proceedings.
Kelly and Hickey also were both charged with third-degree criminal trespass. All charges are misdemeanors or violations.
Kelly’s father, Kevin, declined to comment when reached Sunday night and referred all questions to Kelly’s attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou.
“It remains to be seen who was the aggressor and thankfully it was a scuffle where no one was hurt,” Eoannou told The Buffalo News.
Chad Kelly, nephew of Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, signed a scholarship offer with the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. He had previously signed with Clemson after a record-setting career at St. Joe’s.
Kelly’s career with the Tigers abruptly ended following a spring game incident last April. Two days after arguing with coaches on the sideline of a spring game, he was dismissed from the program by head coach Dabo Swinney.
Kelly enrolled at East Mississippi Community College for the 2014 season, and he threw for 3,905 yards and 47 touchdowns as EMCC won its third National Junior College Athletic Association title in four years on Dec. 6. Kelly was regarded as the nation’s top junior college quarterback this season.
In 2011, Kelly was named The Buffalo News Player of the Year as well as the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA Player of the Year.
He was a two-time All-Western New York first-team selection at quarterback, finishing his senior season with a Western New York single-season record of 3,056 passing yards. In his junior year, he became the first quarterback in state history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards.