Mike Kelly is vowing to be a head coach again.
The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers boss appeared on TSN's Off The Record Thursday and addressed the incident that led to his arrest and firing by the Bombers last December.
Kelly was fired the same day he was charged with assault after a domestic dispute at his Pennsylvania home.
“I want my life back,” Kelly told TSN host Michael Landsberg. “I want people to know that I’m not this guy that I was painted out to be. I didn’t do anything and that’s been proven.”
Kelly says he was attacked by his former girlfriend the morning of Dec. 17, and he called police.
“I called 9-1-1 because it was a situation that was juvenile, irrational and insane,” he told TSN. “I said, 'Please get this woman out of my house. I don't want to get punched anymore.' During the whole thing she was telling me she was going to ruin me.”
Given 90 days to complete an anger management program, during which he was to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend or her family, Kelly says the charge against him has been dropped.
Pennsylvania prosecutor Wallis Brooks confirmed that in an e-mail to the Sun.
“The charges were withdrawn upon a showing that the defendant completed a course of counselling,” Brooks wrote.
Kelly told TSN the Bombers were planning to bring him back before the incident, despite the on- and off-field controversies that dogged the team during a season that saw the team miss the playoffs with a 7-11 record.
“We were building something for the future,” Kelly said. “The last game was meaningful and if we win it, we secure second place, we’re in the playoffs and probably nobody says anything about whether I can coach or not. I was told four days prior to (the arrest) that I was coming back.”
Kelly said he’s determined to get back into the game.
“I want to be a head coach again and that will happen.”
Kelly's interview will air today.