For the first time since some deleted tweets Monday, former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly apologized for his actions over the weekend that led to his dismissal.
“I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior,” said Kelly through a statement sent to the media from his uncle, Dan. “I am disappointed in myself. I let down not only my coaches, and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans. Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.”
Kelly said he let his "emotions" get the best of him.
Kelly first raised the ire of the Clemson coaching staff in Saturday’s spring game by a vocal disagreement with coaches over a fourth-down call. He was benched for the second half and not made available to the media afterwards.
Monday, Clemson football staffer and former Miss South Carolina – Ali Rogers – made known through a statement a minor car accident that involved her and Kelly last Thursday, where they had a falling out.
"He became very agitated and was extremely disrespectful," Rogers said. "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…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.”
Rogers nor Clemson’s news release earlier Monday offered a timeline on when the coaching staff knew of the incident. Swinney cited a “pattern of behavior” for the dismissal, but wished Kelly the best as well.
"He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” said Swinney. “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."
His options going forward without losing a year on the field include enrolling at the FCS or junior college level, while he’d likely have to sit out a season transferring to an FBS school.
Kelly promised this won’t be the last you hear of him.
"I’m optimistic about the future,” Kelly said. “It’s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I’ll be a better person both on and off the field.”