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Bombers head coach Kelly arrested for assault

TSN.ca Staff

12/17/2009 9:04:55 PM

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Head Coach Mike Kelly was arrested Thursday morning and charged with assault and harassment following a domestic dispute.

The Winnipeg Free Press is reporting that Police in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania responded to a disturbance at Kelly's home at 11:03am local time.

According to the report, the other person involved in the incident is Kelly's former girlfriend Andrea Peterson.  The Police report says that Peterson had a cut on her lip along with redness on her neck and an additional cut on her finger along with bruises on her face.

"Apparently an argument had turned physical," Sgt. John Cane told the Canadian Press from Bridgeport, near Philadelphia

"The female involved in this case had very minor injuries. She had a small cut on her finger. She had another small cut or abrasion on her lip and she had some redness around her neck area," Sgt. Cane added.

Kelly was released under his own recognizance.  He would not comment on the incident to the Free Press.

The Blue Bombers have announced that their Board of Directors will meet tonight to discuss Kelly's situation. Blue Bombers chairman Ken Hildahl did speak to the Free Press, however he reserved judgment on the incident.

“At this point, what we'll be looking to do is get all the facts surrounding the incident in Philadelphia," said chairman Ken Hildahl in a team statement. "We willl deal with it at that point.”

Under Kelly Winnipeg finished the season at 7-and-11 and out of the playoffs.

The incident occurred on the same day that longtime Bombers' President and Chief executive officer Lyle Bauer was resigning his post after 10 years on the job. 

The team's board of governors was set to meet later this week to discuss a full time replacement for Bauer along with deciding on the fate of Kelly who was highly criticized by the fans and the media in Winnipeg this past season.