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Arkansas freshman QB Cole Kelley arrested

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Cole Kelley

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Cole Kelley was arrested early Sunday by Fayetteville Police on charges of suspicion of DWI, careless driving and violation of the implied consent law.

Kelley was released on $935 bond for the misdemeanor charges at 11:46 a.m. He has a Rule 8.1 hearing this morning in Fayetteville District Court and is scheduled to appear in the same court on Dec. 15.

"I was informed early this morning of an incident involving Cole Kelley," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said in a statement Sunday morning. "We are gathering all information from the proper authorities and will make a determination upon review of that information."

According to the arrest report, Kelley was pulled over at 4 a.m. after a patrolman observed both tires on the passenger side of his vehicle go up on the curb near the corner of Wedington Drive and Steamboat Drive. Kelley's eyes were "red and watery," according to the report, and he performed two parts of the field sobriety test "in a manner consistent with intoxication."

Kelley was wearing a medical brace due to a turf toe injury on his right foot and was not asked to perform other parts of the standard field test. He did not consent to a portable breath test but provided a urine sample. Kelley was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 8:47 a.m. and released about three hours later.

Kelley and the Razorbacks returned from Saturday's 33-10 loss at LSU on Saturday evening. Kelley, 20, played the final two series in the game, completing 3 of 10 passes for 36 yards. His final pass from the LSU 25 was intercepted in the end zone.

The 6-7 freshman from Lafayette, La., has a 2-2 record as a starter. He is 87 of 151 for 1,038 yards, with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Kelley is the first known Arkansas football player arrested since fullback Hayden Johnson was charged with public intoxication and being a minor in possession of alcohol last October.

Sports on 11/13/2017

Comments

RBear says...

So I know the D-G is taking great pride in running this story so prominently as what appears the lead story on the online site, but isn't this a little over the top? Yes, the young man screwed up pretty royally. Yes, his scholarship is in question. Yes, he's a part of the anemic QB squad for the Hogs. But there's more to the news of the state than some knucklehead frosh QB who will hopefully figure out that there's more to life than just partying and acting stupid in college.
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I know reporting can be tough, especially when your staff is cut so much, but let's find another lead and hopefully it's not another pedophile story.

Posted 13 November 2017, 6:44 a.m. Suggest removal

JPRoland says...

I can't blame him. Most Razorback fans have been drinking more than usual this season. But, remember...don't drive after drinking!

Posted 13 November 2017, 7:48 a.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

I agree RBear. This thing has been running as the lead story for over 24 hours now. The young man made a stupid mistake. Lots of college kids do, and he will pay the price both with the courts and internally on the team for his poor decision. But he is also having pretty much the worst day of his life, and there are more important stories than this. Let it fade on down the page already.

Posted 13 November 2017, 7:53 a.m. Suggest removal

KingCoyote says...

I don't find any problem with this being the lead story. The Razorbacks are almost always the lead story, especially on Sunday after a game where the score is on the FRONT page. This young man is also a public figure especially in AR. Maybe kids should know their role models aren't really good role models. I especially get a kick out of the comment that no football player has been arrested since last October. Is that a record to go a little more than a year without a football player committing a crime...and didn't Jeremy Sprinkle shoplift last December at the Belk Bowl????

Posted 13 November 2017, 8:33 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

I agree with King Coyote !

I get the daily newspaper and the Hogs are frequently front page headlines.

I don't recall any of the other people complaining about that until now.
And, a poster yesterday said this guy had off field problems before becoming a Razorback.
Does Coach B screen his recruits for character ?

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:16 a.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

There is always a more important story. Taking the DG to task over placement of this one is silly.

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:24 a.m. Suggest removal

lmaaron4307031554 says...

He should have taken a cab or Uber. That would have saved a lot of trouble. Better to learn now rather than later.

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:46 a.m. Suggest removal

Dinkidau says...

If this had just been a student and not a student athletic, it wouldn't have made the paper. BUT .. Cole Kelly is a High Profile Student Athletic and represents the U of A not just at Fayetville but the entire SEC and beyond. Not just adults but children looked to Kelly to be a leader and an example for others to follow. Student Athletics that don't live up to the high standards of the U of A Athletic Program, should not be allowed to play. To often in the past the U of A have let Athletics continue to play after committing crimes. Other colleges have done the same and at times it's come back to bite the college in the butt.

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:50 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

With regards to lead story, it ran for over 24 hours as lead in the online site. It has since been moved aside, but still running in the top stories. The obsession with chasers in here is bizarre.

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:57 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear.............you seem very defensive of bad publicity that the Razorbacks get.

Reminds me of that fiasco last year with members of the Lady Razorback basketball team taking a protest knee during the national anthem.
I wrote my disgust in a letter to the paper where I gave my name and town. Some " defender", quite knowledgeable about every detail of the U of A athletics.............took a COWARDS approach by looking up my telephone # and tried to angrily debate my letter while refusing to give THEIR name and hiding behind a blocked phone #.

Yes, some of those " defenders" will go to great lengths to protect their "precious
" Razorbacks from any bad publicity.

Posted 13 November 2017, 10:50 a.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

My point is not to make an excuse for him, and he deserves punishment both in the courts and by the university and team consistent with the crime. My point was how absurd it was to have it at the top of the screen for over 24 hours when there are hundreds dead and thousands wounded in an earthquake, Alabama may be about to elect an old man who goes after teenage girls to the Senate, and this is the most important news of the day?

Posted 13 November 2017, 11:22 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

hah406...........nearly all the headlines in the online are instate local news.

An Alabama politician or an earthquake are not instate news.

Posted 13 November 2017, 11:46 a.m. Suggest removal

drs01 says...

Hah406 - maybe the coverage this story received will be the "significant event" in this kid's life that serves as a wake up call for him and others. But then, maybe not when the leading Heisman candidate was picked up for public intoxication on Dickson Street this past summer. It didn't hurt Mayfield's career chances. You're making the Dem-Gaz the issue and not the drunk football player who is being educated at our expense.

Posted 13 November 2017, noon Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

inmates running the asylum

A Razorback ( Ramirez ) was quoted that he is fed up with the attitude of some players ( laughing during their defeats)

Incidents like that ( and this) shows lack of discipline from Coach B.

It can be downplayed when winning but not when losing as pathetically as they have been.

Posted 13 November 2017, 12:45 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

GeneralMac, see hah's comments for my thoughts. We are on the same page. You apparently have an issue with the team and are looking for anything to attack them, even if it's the poor judgment of a frosh QB.

Posted 13 November 2017, 12:58 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear...............since you said you share the same thoughts as hah406 then my response to hah406 at 11:46 can apply to you as well.

Posted 13 November 2017, 1:17 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

( lack of discipline)..............it caused Coach Sykes to get the title " FORMER Razorback coach"

Coach B will soon have that title, also.

Posted 13 November 2017, 1:26 p.m. Suggest removal

LR1955 says...

Just thinking out loud; he had one recent beer which a breath test might have skewd where a urine test might be more accurate, red eyes due to a bit of crying over the hogs loss, a brace on a foot that presses the gas pedal, and the way I read it he might have just cut the corner a bit (I see this everyday). So quick to put a kid on a pedestal and even quicker to push them off.
Let's get the expert opinion of the ADEQ on this matter because I see the Hog Crap has polluted the minds of many Arkansans.

Posted 13 November 2017, 8:21 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

LR1955 should have been a defense lawyer ( or a comedian )

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:27 p.m. Suggest removal

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