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Denver Broncos cut backup quarterback Chad Kelly after bizarre criminal trespassing arrest

The Denver Broncos have waived backup quarterback Chad Kelly after the player's felony arrest for criminal trespassing. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday that they have waived backup quarterback Chad Kelly following the player's early morning arrest for criminal trespassing the day before.

What are the details?

According to a news release from the Englewood Police Department, Kelly, 24, was taken into custody after law enforcement received a call about a male standing outside a residence.

"While officers were responding," the statement read, "they received information that the male was now inside the residence."

"The male was chased out of the residence by an occupant, and officers began to search the area. A short time later, a male matching the description by the homeowner, was located inside a black sport utility vehicle, in the area of Gothic Theatre," the statement continued.



Following news of Kelly's arrest, Broncos General Manager John Elway told Denver's KDSP-AM, "We're obviously very, very disappointed in Chad and the situation that he put himself into. We are in the process of getting all the facts and talking to Chad, and then we'll figure out exactly which direction we're going to go. But obviously very disappointed in Chad."

Kelly — who is the nephew of famed Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly — had attended a Halloween party in Englewood Monday night, hosted by teammate Von Miller. According to the NFL Network, Kelly was kicked out of the party for fighting with another guest and then tussled with security while being booted from the event.

The Daily Mail reported that Kelly's first-degree criminal trespass charge is a Class 5 felony. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison and a fine as high as $100,000.

On Wednesday morning, the Broncos announced Kelly had been cut from the team.

"This was a decision that we made as an organization," Elway said. "After reviewing all the information and in talking with [head coach Vance Joseph] and [CEO Joe Ellis], we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do."

Elway continued, "Even though Chad's no longer part of our team, we've offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way."

Anything else?

This isn't the first time Kelly's been in hot water for his behavior. Clemson dismissed him in 2014, with coach Dabo Swinney saying the player "had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," according to the Daily Mail.

The same year, Kelly was arrested for punching a bouncer and threatening to get his "AK-47 and spray [the] place."

In 2016, Kelly ran onto the field at his brother's high school football game to join in a scuffle.

The backup quarterback was slated to earn $480,000 in the 2018 season, as part of a four-year deal worth $2.5 million.

One last thing…
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