Ole Miss quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Chad Kelly admitted Monday to making a "bad decision" by getting involved in a mid-game fight between two high school football teams last Friday that started when his brother received a late hit.
"First, I mean, that’s a bad decision on my part that I made. If I could do it differently, I definitely would," Kelly said Monday in his first public comments with Mississippi media. "I actually would not go and run out on the field of course. I regret doing it. At the same time I’m sure any of us, if we had seen a family member out there in need of help would have came to the rescue too."
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Kelly, a graduate of St. Joe's Collegiate Institute, would not miss any game time as a result of the incident. The 12th-ranked Rebels face No. 22 Arkansas on Saturday.
"He was very apologetic that it brought a very bad light on him and our program," Freeze said, per the Clarion Ledger. "But I think the events that happened could have happened to a lot of us. He knows he cannot continue to do that ... but that's it. It's over."
"We're looking forward to the next game," Kelly said. "We just have to keep working hard, and I've got to make the right decisions."
The high school game between St. Joe's and Bishop Timon was suspended in the second quarter after the fight. As of Saturday, the league was waiting to review the official game report from the officials before determining how the game would be finished or if any discipline would be handed down.