Fired Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly had his day in court yesterday.
And after one more, he could be free of the domestic assault charge he was slapped with last month.
A district court judge in Pennsylvania yesterday ordered Kelly to undergo anger management counselling after a run-in with his ex-girlfriend, Dec. 17. Kelly has also been ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.
Kelly is to appear in court again in 30 days. A court clerk told the Sun if he has complied with the counselling order, the district attorney could decide to drop the charge against him.
That would likely be the final chapter in the controversial coach's brief stint in Winnipeg.
Earlier this week, the Bombers board of directors came to an agreement with the ex-coach, who still had two years left on his contract. Kelly received slightly less than a year's salary, an estimated $160,000. In exchange, he agreed not to challenge his dismissal in court.
Kelly's arrest came after an incident at his home in Bridgeport, PA.
Police were told the woman was moving some of her possessions out of Kelly's home when he confronted her. The police report indicated the woman had redness on her neck and a small bruise or cut on her lip and hand.
Sergeant John Kane said the woman accused Kelly of hitting her.
Police said Kelly denied hitting his ex and claimed she started punching him in the face, that he only grabbed her in self defence. He was also reported to be worried about how the incident would affect his job as coach of the Blue Bombers.
Bridgeport is about 30 km northwest of Philadelphia.
Kelly was charged with simple assault and harassment, a Level 2 misdemeanor, before being released.
The woman was not charged.
Later that day, the Bombers board fired Kelly, citing not the arrest but his controversial 12-months at the helm of the community-owned team.
The move capped one of the stormiest days in franchise history, as president/CEO Lyle Bauer had resigned in the morning.
Bauer's resignation was a key factor in Kelly's dismissal, as the CEO was Kelly's greatest supporter, saying just days after the season that he wanted Kelly back for 2010.
The Bomber board hopes to fill the head coaching vacancy in the next several weeks, after hiring a new GM/vice president of football operations.
The president/CEO position will likely be filled last.