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Report: NFL invited Chad Kelly to Combine, then rescinded invitation

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 29:   Quarterback Chad Kelly #10 of the Mississippi Rebels throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Auburn Tigers on October 29, 2016 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was not invited to the Scouting Combine. Or perhaps he was invited, only to later learn it was a non-vite or an un-vitation.

According to Bill Polian of ESPN, Kelly initially was invited to the Combine, only to have that invitation rescinded by the league office. Polian, who signed Chad’s uncle Jim Kelly in 1986 and has been close to Kelly’s family for decades, indicated that the family isn’t sure why the invitation was rescinded.

It’s obvious why Kelly won’t be at the Combine: The NFL implemented a new rule this year that players who have been convicted of violent crimes won’t be permitted, and Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two years ago as part of a case in which he was initially accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar with an AK-47 and resisting arrest.

What’s unclear is why the league would initially invite Kelly, only to rescind that invitation later. It may be that this new policy hasn’t been thoroughly considered, and the league is still deciding which types of offenses merit exclusion from the Combine. A disorderly conduct plea might not necessarily keep a player from the Combine, but when that plea stemmed from an incident in which the player was initially accused of violence and serious threats, the NFL steers clear.

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42 Responses to “Report: NFL invited Chad Kelly to Combine, then rescinded invitation”
  1. mburkett1980 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:20 PM

    Creating policies without proper logistical vetting seems to be the new norm these days.

  2. redlikethepig says: Feb 15, 2017 2:21 PM

    But they make for great bargains in unethical places like Dallas, Baltimore, and Kansas City who are cool with criminals.

  3. barrywhererufrom says: Feb 15, 2017 2:22 PM

    Maybe they forgot the rule..

  4. letsgolos says: Feb 15, 2017 2:25 PM

    That stinks. If I were him I would still show up. If they don’t let me in, I’ll throw passes in the parking lot. Some team will like those intangibles or whatever.

  5. upperdecker19 says: Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    I invited myself to the Playboy mansion. Unfortunately, I was uninvited as well…..

  6. thisonesforpat says: Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    Why did the NFL first invite him? It’s called a mistake. By the league who thinks itself incapable of mistakes. FIRE GOODELL!

  7. citizenstrange says: Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    Perhaps there was a non-psychotic Chad Kelly that played college football last year and the NFL simply got mixed up.

  8. coutre says: Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    These mistakes would be avoidable if you had competent people running FB Ops. When you bring in someone that has ZERO FB Ops experience like Troy Vincent, and then he hires people like Rod Graves, Jamil Northcutt and Kim Fields, people who are career failures, it is easy to see why simple problems can’t be avoided.
    Stop hiring based on quotas and affirmative action.

  9. sammievee says: Feb 15, 2017 2:30 PM

    Not brain surgery. NFL simply did not vet out the situation prior to now having been made aware of the issues. That they made a mistake with the original situation simply needed a fixin and they now got it right in the end as related to their internal rules regarding the combine.

  10. coutre says: Feb 15, 2017 2:38 PM

    Sammievee –
    The NFL get the list of potential invitees in November. They have plenty of time to vet the names. This guy has been in the news for a couple of years.
    The NFL just can’t get out of their own way. Again.

  11. pencilmonkeymagic says: Feb 15, 2017 2:47 PM

    “…he was initially accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar with an AK-47 and resisting arrest.

    What’s unclear is why the league would initially invite Kelly…”

    – – –

    You …you were grinning whilst typing that, right?

  12. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Feb 15, 2017 2:57 PM

    A good team will take him. Hes a really good QB.

    Good teams dont worry about petty BS like the bad teams do

  13. grumpysal says: Feb 15, 2017 2:58 PM

    They had to wait to see how public opinion fared via social media before deciding that what he did was wrong.

  14. HodySnitch says: Feb 15, 2017 2:59 PM

    He’s trouble and not very good

  15. Ihearya says: Feb 15, 2017 3:03 PM

    But if he becomes a starter in the league and there’s still a good chance at that, they’ll be more then happy to make money off of his jersey and merchandise

  16. factschecker says: Feb 15, 2017 3:06 PM

    Machine Gun Kelly would be the appropriate nickname.

    Is everyone AK…errr OK with that?

  17. raiderinva says: Feb 15, 2017 3:07 PM

    Chad shouldn’t sweat it. Nepotism runs so rampant in the NFL you know some team will be running the AK-Gun Offense this preseason.

  18. billswillnevermove says: Feb 15, 2017 3:11 PM

    This is a lie………he was NOT convicted of violent crime. The charges were dropped in favor of a guilty plea to disorderly conduct. He served 50 hours of community service. Huge difference.

  19. shadywarrior says: Feb 15, 2017 3:18 PM

    Closer than he got with Mia Khalifa….

  20. firecracker87 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:20 PM

    raiderinva says:
    Feb 15, 2017 3:07 PM
    Chad shouldn’t sweat it. Nepotism runs so rampant in the NFL you know some team will be running the AK-Gun Offense this preseason.

    —————————————————————

    Almost made me spit my soda on the keyboard! Hilarious.

  21. unclebluck says: Feb 15, 2017 3:26 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 15, 2017 3:11 PM
    This is a lie………he was NOT convicted of violent crime. The charges were dropped in favor of a guilty plea to disorderly conduct. He served 50 hours of community service. Huge difference.

    Kelly has been thrown off of 2 different college teams, gets into fights in bars he is not even old enough to LEGALLY drink in and threatens to shoot the place up. More recently gets involved in an on field fight at his brothers high school football game….the kid is a head case and the NFL got it right…..the second time around…

  22. pfttrollss says: Feb 15, 2017 3:30 PM

    The league office under Roger Goodell has never been accused of flying by the seat of their pants.

    — Alternative facts.

  23. bassplucker says: Feb 15, 2017 3:36 PM

    This kid has legit NFL talent but literally may never get on the field because of his personal issues.

    In the days of Kenny Stabler he would have been a lead pipe Top 5 draft pick but times have changed.

  24. mongo3401 says: Feb 15, 2017 3:45 PM

    Whaley will bring him into camp in Buffalo. You can bet on it unless a team drafts him in the 4th or 5th round

  25. nevalha says: Feb 15, 2017 3:52 PM

    The League Office is being inconsistent in its rulings and actions? Huh. How surprising. They seem like such an organized, consistent, trustworthy bunch.

  26. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 15, 2017 3:55 PM

    Anyone else think it said “Chip” Kelly, clicked it and then was instantly confused for around 2-3 seconds?

  27. Fishing Herald says: Feb 15, 2017 4:14 PM

    The NFL is all window dressing these days. You CAN’T can attend the combine, but we will let you get drafted & play in the league for years.

  28. ninerfan81 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:17 PM

    hey hey Roge…no take-backsies

  29. vikinganswer says: Feb 15, 2017 4:33 PM

    Way to go Mr. Goodell. Drain the Swamp!! Take out the Trash.

    Never will be a world of choir boys but if you screw up then you can go find another line of work. Some of us get it and don’t require 2nd, 3rd, 25th chances.

    There’s always barber college!!!

  30. campcouch says: Feb 15, 2017 4:33 PM

    But if you’re already in the league you can continue to play. Optics. Everybody is a scumbag until he’s on your team and throws for 4K or averages 5.6 a carry, then it’s a redemption story.

  31. onebuffalove716 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:41 PM

    I think he should be applauded for punching a bouncer. And it’s not like he was playing the knockout game so classifying it as violent crimes is slightly irresponsible

  32. onebuffalove716 says: Feb 15, 2017 4:42 PM

    And let’s be honest. If the league truly had this new found stance against criminals Mixon would never be allowed to play

  33. dickwittman says: Feb 15, 2017 4:44 PM

    redlikethepig says:
    Feb 15, 2017 2:21 PM
    But they make for great bargains in unethical places like Dallas, Baltimore, and Kansas City who are cool with criminals.

    Can’t have a comment like that without adding New England and Pittsburgh…..

  34. whatevnfl says: Feb 15, 2017 5:22 PM

    Because NOBODY in Football Operations knows what they are doing.

  35. flipola says: Feb 15, 2017 5:34 PM

    Forget Trump, impeach Goodell.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 15, 2017 5:43 PM

    The successor to Big Ben

  37. cardsfann1 says: Feb 15, 2017 5:46 PM

    Kid never got in trouble while at Oxford. He can sling the ball around…

  38. poguemahonepft says: Feb 15, 2017 6:21 PM

    RATS – too bad for him – the ‘boys already have their guy…but he’s eligible for backup duty…

  39. MostlyRight says: Feb 15, 2017 6:44 PM

    I hope this kid comes to some team with a huge chip on his shoulder, keeps his passion but matures in how he controls it, and lights it up.

  40. bert1913 says: Feb 15, 2017 6:44 PM

    stupid people should be held accountable

  41. wahoo21 says: Feb 15, 2017 11:18 PM

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

  42. oldcracker says: Feb 16, 2017 7:47 AM

    With the kind of leadership he’s demonstrated, he sounds like a fit with the Cryboys. Now, if Michael Irving can just get him fixed up…

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