Steelers defensive back Cameron Kelly was cut from the team after information was captured early Friday at a Pittsburgh bar, according to media reports.
Kelly, who signed with the Steelers in April after playing for the American Football Alliance, faces two counts of terrorist threats and one count of resisting arrest, according to court documents obtained by KDKA.
Police were called to Mario’s South Side Saloon after Kelly refused to leave. Kelly allegedly threatened to “beat” an employee because the bar’s jukebox did not play the song she requested. Outside the bar, the officer on the scene said he accidentally hit a woman’s leg and Kelly responded aggressively, saying he was “his girlfriend”.
The 23-year-old defendant threatened the officer and continued to resist arrest. The officer then punched Kelly in the face several times to “gain control” of the situation, according to court documents, and Kelly was arrested. She worked at a local hospital before being transferred to the Allegheny County Jail.
The Steelers resigned from Kelly on Friday afternoon and promoted Marcus Allen to 53-man roster. The team did not share a formal comment on Kelly’s accusations.
In his first season with the Steelers, Kelly has responded in 21 games with one interception. Pittsburgh will face the Jets in a week 16 matchup Sunday.