Ole Miss has had a tough season that began with Laremy Tunsil’s draft night debacle, and now Chad Kelly is at the center of yet another controversy.
When a video of Laremy Tunsil taking a hit from a bong/gasmask surfaced mere minutes before the 2016 NFL Draft, an unwanted spotlight was shone directly on the entire Ole Miss football program.
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Tunsil is far from the only college football player indulging in the sticky icky during their free time, but allegations that he had also received money from members associated with Ole Miss athletics made the controversy an unavoidable one for the NCAA.
Tunsil so much as admitted himself that he had received money in his post-draft press conference, forcing Ole Miss into a position of admitting culpability. The confirmed allegations would dominate headlines heading into their 2016 season and cast doubt into the way recruiting and player retention is handled in Oxford.
It was surely a distraction that contributed to the disappointment that has been the Rebels’ 2016 on-field campaign. The team blew a 22-point lead against a Florida State team that would prove to be very beatable in the following weeks. They would go on to lose in a similarly heartbreaking fashion in a crushing 48-43 home loss to Alabama.
While play-calling was highly scrutinized, quarterback Chad Kelly’s penchant for untimely turnovers resulting from poor judgement were a critical factor in the losses.
What should have been a stellar season from a team laden with upperclassmen on offense quickly turned into a nightmare 5-5 campaign including an abysmal 2-4 record in SEC play.
Chad Kelly’s draft stock was plummeting with each mounting loss.
And then this happened:
FULL VIDEO: Here is the play that started the fight at Timon. Chad Kelly then goes onto field after hit on brother Casey. Game called. pic.twitter.com/2ImgM7lGZI
While marijuana has been in the process of widespread de-stigmatization, especially in a violent sport like football, it is not exactly a good look for Kelly. Especially in light of the fact that he is a quarterback, a position not associated with the big hits and consistent pounding that a linebacker or safety might endure.
Especially in light of his past transgressions which include two brawls caught on video, a dismissal from Clemson, and a semi-decent rap song in which the chorus is simply “Chad Kelly”.