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Chad Kelly ‘Not Participating in Team Activities’

After immense criticism for allowing Kelly to attend training camp last week the Argonauts announced he will not work with the team for the time being.

The Toronto Argonauts Media Relations announced on X that Chad Kelly is not participating in team activities. When he might join the team again has yet to be announced.

Chad Kelly and the Argonauts created a major stir around the CFL when Kelly was seen on the field at raining camp last Thursday. His appearance on the field was two days after the league announced he will be suspended a minimum of 9-games. The suspension came after a third-party investigation into allegations that Kelly sexually harassed a former Argonauts coach.

While GM Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons said the league has given permission for Kelly to be present during training camp the league said Kelly’s presence at training camp was up to the teams discretion. While fielding questions from the media Clemons was sparse on concrete solutions but said the organization would do more to better address such issues in the future. The full media exchange can be seen here.

Kelly and his camp have yet to mention whether they will appeal the suspension. Were they to appeal Kelly would be eligible to play until the appeal is handled. Clemons said the Argos will decide if he plays under appeal or not when the time comes.

Women working in the CFL have voiced their displeasure of Kelly appearing at training camp among his teammates.

“I’m extremely disappointed to see that Chad attended Toronto’s rookie camp this week, while he has been suspended from playing and has not yet competed the league-mandated counseling and assessments, Kristina Costabile, the CFL’s manager of web and digital content shared in an X post. As it has been for many of you, this has been challenging for me personally and professionally to process. I hope you know that I will continue to use my voice wherever possible when it comes to safe and inclusive work environments in our league.”

Similar condemnation of the Argonauts was came from Rheanne Marcoux, senior director of branding for the Blue Bombers. In a series of posts on X Marcoux said “this extremely serious situation has been a complete and utter failure from top to bottom.”

When Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea was asked about the situation around Chad Kelly he had little to say.

“I do feel very strongly that the women that work in our league deserve a safe workplace and they deserve to be respected…the women in our league, and there are a lot of them, deserve to feel safe coming to work every day.”

X was aflame with criticism of the Argonauts and the league for allowing Kelly to be with the team on the field. A third-party investigation conducted on behalf of the CFL led to an 87-page report which guided the league’s decision to suspend Kelly for the 9-game minimum.

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Matthew Harrison
Since my I attended my first Blue Bomber game at Canad Inns Stadium in the very early 2000s, I have been a passionate follower of the CFL. Watching from home week in and week out or spending an evening losing my voice at a game, I have always loved this league. This year I'll be covering the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts, two promising teams, each with a chip on their shoulder coming into 2024. Follow me here to stay up to date with what you need to know going into gameday.
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