Former QB Chad Kelly apologizes to Clemson coaches and fans, family

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly signals a play during the first half of the Tigers' NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. Head coach Dabo Swinney announced on April 14 that Kelly was dismissed from the team. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

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Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly signals a play during the first half of the Tigers' NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. Head coach Dabo Swinney announced on April 14 that Kelly was dismissed from the team. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

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.”

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TigerNE writes:

Is there any truth to the rumor Ali has ties to SCar? I just wonder if his behavior was so offensive - which I don't doubt could have been. Or did she just want to get back at him.

lhaselden writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Is there any truth to the rumor Ali has ties to SCar? I just wonder if his behavior was so offensive - which I don't doubt could have been. Or did she just want to get back at him.

There is no reason suspect that the incident with Ali had anything to do with the dismissal from the football team, the post is likely in response to rumors that were rampant concerning her and CK. the rumor i heard was that he was driving and left... she cleared that rumor up by her post. She seemed sincere in her wishing CK the best. Everyone in the state of SC has ties to SCar and Clemson... our taxes support both!

TigerNE writes:

in response to lhaselden:

There is no reason suspect that the incident with Ali had anything to do with the dismissal from the football team, the post is likely in response to rumors that were rampant concerning her and CK. the rumor i heard was that he was driving and left... she cleared that rumor up by her post. She seemed sincere in her wishing CK the best. Everyone in the state of SC has ties to SCar and Clemson... our taxes support both!

Funny. Every journalist's piece on the topic I've read ties the incidence to Swinney's statement about a "pattern of behavior."

Don't know anything specific about her. But some were gossiping that she was a Gamecock fan. That's why I asked.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Funny. Every journalist's piece on the topic I've read ties the incidence to Swinney's statement about a "pattern of behavior."

Don't know anything specific about her. But some were gossiping that she was a Gamecock fan. That's why I asked.

She's a Clemson grad and works in the Clemson football program somehow. There are pictures of her and her family online....and she and her parents are all decked out in solid orange at Death Valley.

Also one of her and Tyler Shatley dancing at some Clemson function.

From all I've read, it seems she was just trying to turn all the cards over before the rumor mill started grinding. Smart girl.

TigerNE writes:

in response to KIMOSAMI:

She's a Clemson grad and works in the Clemson football program somehow. There are pictures of her and her family online....and she and her parents are all decked out in solid orange at Death Valley.

Also one of her and Tyler Shatley dancing at some Clemson function.

From all I've read, it seems she was just trying to turn all the cards over before the rumor mill started grinding. Smart girl.

Good to know. There's a reason I used the word 'gossip'.

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