The family of former Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly released a statement Wednesday following his abrupt dismissal from the football team earlier this week.
“I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior. 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.”
“I have always been competitive to a fault, winning at all costs. I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.”
“What’s important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete, and most importantly, as a man. Right now, I’m optimistic about the future. It’s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I’ll be a better person both on and off the field.”
Kelly, a redshirt sophomore, had been competing with senior Cole Stoudt for the starting quarterback position throughout spring practice. He struggled however during the annual Orange and White game on Saturday throwing two interceptions before finding himself on the bench in the second half for arguing with his coaches.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday that he had dismissed Kelly from Clemson’s football team for “conduct detrimental” to the program.