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Radio station 104.3 The Fan tweeted Kelly’s mugshot:
104.3 The FAN @1043TheFan
#Broncos QB Chad Kelly’s mugshot. #BroncosCountry https://t.co/3Hie2jrijN https://t.co/AMrDjotcXf
The Englewood Police Department provided details in a release, per Jhabvala:
The Broncos issued a statement on the arrest, via Jhabvala: “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.”
Denver general manager John Elway further commented on the matter with Orange & Blue 760 (h/t Jhabvala):
“We’re obviously very, very disappointed in Chad and the situation that he’s put himself into, so we’re in the process of getting all the facts and talking to Chad and then we’ll figure out exactly which direction we’re going to go. But obviously disappointed in Chad. When the team has a get-together, which is always a good thing when they get together and the camaraderie that goes along with being a team. But when you have one person that kind of puts a dent in the whole process, it’s very disappointing. We’re going to look into this and look into it very seriously, because the charges are very, very serious and we understand that so we will look into this and then make decisions as we go.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported all options, including a release, are on the table, as Elway is “extremely upset” with the quarterback.
Coming out of Ole Miss in 2017, Kelly’s draft stock was affected by red flags. The then-20-year-old was previously arrested in December 2014 after fighting with bouncers at a Buffalo nightclub and allegedly threatening to “get my AK-47 and spray this place.”
Kelly was also involved in an incident in October 2016, when he went on the field and had to be restrained after his brother, Casey, took a late hit out of bounds during a high school game:
Tom Martin @TomKCTV5
FULL VIDEO: Here is the play that started the fight at Timon. Chad Kelly then goes onto field after hit on brother Casey. Game called. https://t.co/2ImgM7lGZI
Kelly did not get physical with anyone during that incident but expressed remorse at getting involved, according to Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com. No arrests were made.
Ultimately, Kelly—the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly—fell to the seventh round before Denver took him with the 253rd overall pick. Elway felt comfortable drafting Kelly after doing his homework. Elway said in May 2017, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold:
“I called his uncle, and he said, ‘He’s a good kid.’ I said, ‘OK, that’s all I need.’ I trust Jim with that. Obviously, there’s been some history there, but we felt comfortable. Chad understands what he’s been through and is ready to take this step and realizes the step that he’s taken is different than when he was in college. We’re full of confidence that Chad’s going to be able to come up here and understand the situation he’s in.”
The 24-year-old Kelly has yet to throw a regular-season pass in his year-plus in the NFL. He did, however, show enough to the Broncos during the offseason and preseason to earn the backup job, leading to the release of former first-round pick Paxton Lynch.