Brain Kelly’s untimely departure from Our Lady found an unflattering story about his stay in central Michigan where he did New York Jets coach Robert Saleh and Packers de Green Bay Coach Matt LaFleur – then employed as graduate assistants – shoveled snow and parked cars at a party at his home.
But Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that the whole story had been “taken out of context.”
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A 2019 article published by ESPN surfaced this week, detailing an embarrassing incident for Saleh and LaFleur in 2004, when the duo believed they were invited to Kelly’s house for a party. Instead, Saleh remembered shoveling snow and cleaning cars for real guests.
“We have decided that when we are in this position, we are never going to treat people as we have been treated”, Saleh, who was the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator at the time, said. “And Matty is up to it. “
Fast forward several years later, and Saleh apparently regrets the wrong description.
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“I feel bad because this has all been taken out of context,” Saleh said, via the New York Post.
“When you were starting out in this profession, part of this article was to tell a funny story about Matt and me as GAs. one AG, one [quality control coach], and that was a funny story and not an indictment of how Brian treated us, ”he continued.
Kelly left Notre Dame after 12 seasons and the Fighting Irish are still vying for a place in the college football playoffs. He was featured on Wednesday as LSU’s head coach.
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“He’s a very good man, he treats people the right way,” Saleh added. “I know people are probably mad at him now and there’s never a right way to do things of this nature. I’m still one of his biggest fans. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.