The Denver Broncos cut backup quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday, one day after his arrest on suspicion of criminal trespass after he entered the Englewood, Colo., home of a young couple. General manager John Elway said this in a statement released by the team:
“This was a decision that we made as an organization. After reviewing all the information and in talking with Vance (Joseph) and Joe (Ellis), we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do. Even though Chad's no longer part of our team, we've offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way.”
ESPN's Jeff Legwold reported:
According to the affidavit, the man and woman told police that a stranger came into their Englewood, Colorado, home after 1 a.m. The intruder sat down on the couch next to the woman, who was holding the couple's young child, and was "mumbling incoherently," according to the records.
The man yelled at the intruder to get out and hit him in the back with a vacuum cleaner tube. Police surveillance video showed a man wearing dark pants, a white long-sleeved shirt with a brown vest and a red scarf around his neck entering the front door.
Kelly had been at a team Halloween party hosted by linebackerVon Miller. Several players contacted in the past two days told ESPN and NFL Network that they were angry that Kelly was "acting up'' at that party and at one point was asked to leave the gathering just before he was arrested.
Police said they found Kelly sitting inside a black SUV parked about a block from the couple's home after the man chased Kelly out of the home. Kelly matched the couple's description, and the man later identified him as the person who came into the house, according to court documents.
Denver took a chance on Kelly with the last pick in the 2017 draft b despite his troubled history. He was dismissed from Clemson for arguing with coaches during a game during spring practice, he was arrested for his part in a bar fight in 2014 and he was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game in 2016.
Kelly, the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, made an appearance in Arapahoe County Court on Wednesday morning.