Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Steelers released safety Kameron Kelly on Friday just hours after he was arrested for fighting with police at a bar.
The incident began in the early hours of Dec. 20 when an employee of Mario’s South Side Saloon asked a Pittsburgh police officer to escort Kelly out of the bar, according to the Associated Press.
The officer, who was working an authorized detail at the bar, asked Kelly to leave the premises and the 23-year-old National Football League (NFL) player became confrontational, CNN reported.
The criminal complaint said the employee told police that Kelly had threatened a bar employee for skipping his song on the jukebox.
While police were talking to Kelly outside the bar, an officer accidentally stepped on the foot of a woman who was with the football player, the Associate Press reported.
According to the complaint, Kelly puffed up and went toe-to-toe with an officer and threatened him.
Several police officers intervened in the altercation and Kelly struggled and resisted efforts to be controlled, CNN reported.
The complaint said one of the officers said he punched Kelly in the face several times in an attempt to defuse the situation as a crowd was starting to gather, the Associated Press reported.
The tactic worked and Kelly rolled over and put his hands above his head so police could take him into custody.
He was transported to the hospital and treated for a busted lip before he was taken to jail, according to CNN.
Police later learned that Kelly had previously caused altercations with employees of the bar.
Kelly was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest, CNN reported.
The safety was making $495,000 with the Steelers this year.
Although his playing time had been reduced since the Steelers acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick in a trade, Kelly had played 14 games and started in one game for Pittsburgh this season, according to ESPN.
He made one interception.
Kelly played for San Diego State University from 2014 through 2017 and made nine interceptions during his college career, ESPN reported.