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Chad Kelly involved in brawl during brother's high school football game

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Chad Kelly was back in the national spotlight this weekend. The Ole Miss quarterback was attending his brother's high school football game in Buffalo, New York and needed to be restrained after running onto the field during an bench-clearing brawl.

The fight stemmed from a late hit on Kelly's younger brother, quarterback Casey Kelly. According to News 4 Buffalo's Tom Martin, both benches cleared after Casey was hit late out of bounds.

"If I could have did it differently, I would have," Kelly said. "I obviously went and ran out on the field, but I regret doing it." 

"He was very apologetic that it brought a bad light on him and our program," said Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. "He knows he cannot continue to do that, but that's it. It's over."

Don Hinton oversees 15 sports as Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and as a former high school football coach himself, he admits he was lax in letting former players stand on the sidelines. He also knows how added bodies can make incidents even more dangerous.

"Anytime somebody comes down on the field, I've never seen anything good happen," Hinton explained. "A couple of years ago in one of our state contests in basketball, we had two or three individuals who came onto the floor. And after that, our security stepped in or we could've had 50 or 60 out on that floor.  And when that happens, it can really get out of control."

Hinton says the MHSAA urges schools to press criminal charges with any adult who enters the field and makes contact with a player or official, and punish any fan who ends up on the field. 

"We really expect our schools to take charge and they ban those parents or they ban that spectator basically from coming to games," Hinton said. "It's zero tolerance. We can't have any that come out there."

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