Agent confirms Chad Kelly’s rescinded invitation to the Scouting Combine, sort of

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Although it may not have been officially communicated to the player in writing, it appears that Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly has indeed been uninvited to the Scouting Combine.

A confusing blurb from Mike Rodak of ESPN.com suggests at first blush that agent Vance McAllister said on 1270 The Fan that Kelly hadn’t officially been uninvited. At closer inspection, it’s clear that even though Kelly hasn’t received a written communication telling him not to show up, the message has made its way to him.

If nothing else, it’s an example of the league’s left hand and right hand not being in sync. According to McAllister, Kelly received the invitation and was told two weeks ago to book a flight. But his name didn’t appear on the official list published on Wednesday. McAllister also said he received a phone call from the Scouting Combine indicating that the NFL said the invitation would be rescinded.

The version seems correct. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, as of February 1, Kelly was on the list of players scheduled to come to the Scouting Combine.

The NFL has adopted a rule blocking players from the Scouting Combine who have been convicted of violent crimes. Two years ago, Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after accusations that he punched two people, threatened to shoot up a bar with an AK-47, and resisted arrest.

18 responses to “Agent confirms Chad Kelly’s rescinded invitation to the Scouting Combine, sort of

  1. What’s the point of blocking players from the televised dog and pony workout, if teams are still allowed to draft and sign him if they choose?
    This is just a phony attempt by the NFL to make people think they are doing something about aberrant behavior. Anyone with intelligence can see through this.

  2. Like he is the first player to ever get in a bar fight in college….at least he didn’t shoot himself…
    SMH

  3. Pretty tough standard …the local DA and apparently the victims
    agreed to the Disorderly Conduct. In our local courts the the victims have an important and influential role in the plea process.
    A fair inference from the plea is that the victims were satisfied with a
    the plea to the lower charges.
    Going forward it seems as if the NFL has once again left itself open with the possibility of treating similarly situated people in different manner. One problem is the NFL can probably get away with implementing its own standard. Another problem is these athletes
    like Kelly are really not protected by the union ..which is essentially
    without any leverage even representing its members.
    Whether there is a legal remedy for players who have been treated
    this way is tough call.
    From the past actions of the NFL’s legal team I am not surprised. Despite their IVY league backgrounds and 500 per hour fees …they
    made many a procedural and discovery mistakes to put their client
    at risk,

  4. He wasn’t convicted of a violent crime but he was kicked off his high school team, his college team, and ran onto the field and had to be restrained at his brother’s high school game.

  5. Some team will work him out after the Draft and after he isn’t selected. Won’t be on a 53-man roster when the season opens. Combine wouldn’t change any of this.

  6. mackcarrington says:
    Feb 15, 2017 7:51 PM
    What’s the point of blocking players from the televised dog and pony workout, if teams are still allowed to draft and sign him if they choose?
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    They’re not preventing players from making a living and plying their wares in the NFL, but are not rewarding them either by allowing them to go to the combine. This will cost the players money. Maybe college players will see this and get a clue.

  7. Marginal talent who would’ve had trouble making any NFL roster.

    Except the Browns.

    Marginal? He’s one of the better qb’s in the draft

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