Junior college quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, signed with Mississippi last week, but the union might be short-lived.
Kelly (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) was arrested early Sunday outside a Buffalo bar. A Buffalo News story said a police report said Kelly told bouncers at the bar that "I'm going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place."
Further, the News reported, Kelly later was "forcibly removed" from a vehicle, with a police report saying Kelly kicked and tried to swing at officers as they removed him from the vehicle. The police report also said Kelly resisted getting into a police car, then later struggled with staff when he was booked.
The newspaper reported that Kelly "faces multiple charges including third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree obstructing governmental administration."
A lawyer for Kelly commented on the case on Monday.
"It's obvious Chad was not the one who started this incident," Thomas Eoannou told The Associated Press.
Eoannou also said that a video of the incident does not include evidence of Kelly threatening to get an AK-47.
Kelly was a high school star in the Buffalo area and signed with Clemson in the 2012 recruiting class. He was dismissed from Clemson last spring and signed with East Mississippi CC; he threw for 3,905 yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Lions, who went 12-0 and beat Iowa Western for the NJCAA national title.
Mississippi said in a statement Monday that it is gathering facts about the incident.
Rebels starting quarterback Bo Wallace is a senior, and Kelly was expected to contend for the starting job during spring practice with holdovers Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, both of whom are redshirt freshman this season.