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UND president issues statement about football player's arrest

Bradley Joseph Kelley

UND President Robert Kelley has issued a statement regarding a UND football player accused of an attack on students and a school staff member.

Brad Kelley, a football player from Coon Rapids, Minn., is accused of assaulting four people late Friday. He was arrested and jailed early Saturday.

Brad Kelley posted $8,000 in bail and was released from custody Monday. He has been suspended from the football team indefinitely.

Brad Kelley, 20, is facing two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and one count of minor in consumption.

President Kelley and Brad Kelley are not related.

"This weekend, a UND football player was arrested for attacking and injuring fellow students and a staff member. Our thoughts go out to those who were injured, and also to their families and friends," President Kelley said in the statement released by the school Tuesday morning.

"This is a very serious matter, so I want to be very clear: The University of North Dakota will have ZERO TOLERANCE for violent behavior and for any individual who engages in violent behavior. UND police arrested the perpetrator, and our Student and Outreach Services folks are doing everything possible for the injured students and staff member. UND Athletics acted swiftly in suspending the student from the football team.

"We will not get out ahead of due process, but I want to make it clear that in addition to whatever penalties are applied by the court of law, the student faces sanctions through UND's judicial process. We want to send a strong message that we will NOT tolerate violence on our campus and that this behavior is antithetical to the values of the University of North Dakota."

Police reports said Brad Kelley was involved in an altercation with two students Friday night outside UND's West Hall, and one student was injured. Kelley then went to Walsh Hall, where he is accused of punching a resident assistant from West Hall and a staff member from Walsh Hall.

Brad Kelley said he planned to return to Coon Rapids and live with his mother.

The aggravated assault charges are Class C felonies that each carry a maximum penalty of five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine. The three other counts are Class B misdemeanors each with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A preliminary hearing has been set for March 16 for the felony charges, and Kelley pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanor charges.

A backup player, Kelley played in four games and had two solo tackles for the Sioux during the 2008 season.