Tulane senior running back Robert Kelley is facing criminal charges of simple robbery and simple battery after allegedly beating a fellow Tulane student and stealing his bicycle, WWL-TV reported Monday night. A July 30 incident outside The Boot led to Kelley’s Aug. 4 booking. He was freed after posting a $10,000 bond, according to court records. “Robert Kelley, a senior from New Orleans, has been suspended from the Tulane University football team,” the school stated in a release. “Federal law prohibits the university from disclosing any disciplinary action taken against a student regarding his or her enrollment in the university.” Kelley, 21, was not listed in Tulane’s online directory when the fall semester began Monday. In a statement emailed to The Advocate on Monday night, Kelley’s attorney, Scott R. Bickford, said there’s no “credible evidence” that supports his client being involved in the incident. “The allegations that Robert Kelley intended to rob or harm the alleged victim are not supported by credible evidence,” the statement read. “The alleged victim knows Mr. Kelley and has spent time with Mr. Kelley as well as multiple members of the Tulane football team. There was never any intent by Mr. Kelley to either harm the alleged victim or deprive him of his property. We do believe that the alleged victim was harmed and struck by other persons later that evening. And we believe that other incident is supported by credible evidence. However, Mr. Kelley was not present or in any way involved in that other incident.” Kelley, a former O. Perry Walker High School, standout missed the past two spring practices due to academic infractions but was widely expected by coaches to return when practice resumed in August. When he didn’t, coach Curtis Johnson said he expected to hear final word about Kelley’s potential eligibility Monday.
Tulane running back Robert Kelley facing robbery, battery charges after bike incident
The New Orleans Advocate | Aug 26