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Chad Kelly Responds to Harassment Claims, Argonauts Investigation Underway

3 Key Points
– Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts QB, publicly refutes harassment allegations.
– CFL initiates independent investigation following the lawsuit’s claims.
– Kelly’s notable performance and contract highlights with the Argonauts.

Chad Kelly’s Statement on Allegations

Chad Kelly, the quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts, has publicly addressed the harassment allegations presented against him. On his social media and a statement to the AP, the 29-year-old expressed his disbelief and strongly denied the accusations. He affirmed his intention to defend himself and pursue the case’s dismissal. He has since deleted the post on Twitter.

“I am shocked by the allegations which have been made against me,” Kelly wrote on Twitter. “I absolutely deny these events and intend to vigorously defend myself and will be seeking the dismissal of the action.”

Lawsuit and Allegations Overview

The allegations stem from a lawsuit by a former strength and conditioning coach. This lawsuit accuses both the Toronto Argonauts of wrongful dismissal and Kelly of harassment during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The complainant is demanding compensation from the Argonauts and Kelly, citing a breach of the CFL’s violence against women policy.

Toronto Argonauts Response and Legal Stance

The Argonauts said in a statement the club will cooperate with the CFL’s investigation.

“The Toronto Argonauts share the CFL’s commitment to providing healthy and positive work environments,” the team statement reads. “The organization will reserve any further comment until the conclusion of the league’s investigation.”

CFL’s Response and Investigation

The Canadian Football League has appointed an independent investigator to thoroughly examine the claims. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie emphasized the comprehensive scope of the investigation, which aims to establish the truth before deciding on any league discipline. The CFL has reiterated its commitment to safe work environments and respects the ongoing investigative process.

Kelly’s Career and Performance with the Argonauts

Chad Kelly joined the Argonauts in 2022, leading the team to victory in the 109th Grey Cup. His outstanding performance in 2023, marked by a significant number of wins and personal achievements, earned him the title of the league’s Most Outstanding Player.

Kelly, with a history in both CFL and NFL, has committed to the Argonauts through a recent contract extension, reflecting his significant role in the team’s success. He is the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and was the final pick of the 2017 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

While Chad Kelly and the Toronto Argonauts face serious allegations, the appointed independent investigation aims to uncover the facts. As the CFL and its stakeholders await the outcomes, Kelly’s contributions to the Argonauts’ recent achievements highlight his significance to Canadian football. The league’s adherence to its rigorous policies in face of such allegations will be closely watched by fans and sports professionals alike.

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