ONLY ON 3: Man tased at basketball game speaks out

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Submitted: Tue, 02/19/2013 - 4:59am
Updated: Tue, 02/19/2013 - 4:27pm

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man who police say was tased for disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer says that the Whiteville Police were out of line.

At Friday night’s game, Michael Kelly was 24-hours removed from the funeral of his father. He says to get his mind off of things he went to a Whiteville Wolfpack game to try and cheer up.

“I’m from Whiteville and I ain’t never had no problems going to no games up there,” said Michael Kelly. “I always had fun at the games.”

Kelly says he had just returned to his seat when there was a questionable call. Like many fans in his section he hurled a few insults at the ref and the next thing he knew he had been ejected from the basketball game, and two officers were surrounding him.

“They told me to get up and I got up and I bent over and grabbed my stuff and one of them pulled out a taser gun and held it to my stomach and he pushed me a little bit with it,” said Kelly. “When I leaned and fell back then the other one pulled out another taser gun. They tased me and I started shaking. My heart could have gone out my socket.”

While Kelly admits to being out of line while jeering the ref he says the police should have handled the situation differently.

“They could have escorted me to the door you know what I’m saying and told me not to come back on the premises no more and I would have did that for them, but what they did it wasn’t nothing but lies,” said Kelly.


  • tweety11 says:

    lets see if you can figure this out another republican taking up for another republican what a jack@@@@@@@@@@s.Does that help you any?

  • get your facts straight says:

    this have a picture of him no it did not and No this is not him … be careful what you put or try defame someone on here cause it can come back at you legally. ok

  • cso says:

    At the end of the day your comments towards Michael is not going to break him. If you don’t know someones situation please don’t so quick to call someone stupid ignorant or any derogatory names. Again at the end of the day your comments is not going to solve the matter so get a life folks. I hate someone that do not know a person call them out of there name you have to be ignorant to talk that way. Do you know if he has a speech problem a learning problem any of the above if not please don’t be so quick to judge. I once seen a person picking at a person and as soon as they got in a wreck the same thing that they was picking at that person for happen to them so please be careful of things we say even when making a freedom of speech comment. One day you may be in a situation or a family member may be in a situation where someone is calling them out of there character.

  • anne says:

    Come on man. You have no defense at what you did. Everyone saw it on TV – you know you were recorded right bro? Shut up the dummy act, take responsibility and move on. You sound quite ignorant – sometimes the best defense is just to shut up!

  • Angewidert says:

    If only they aint got no video what I’m saying, that be true!

    It aint fair, them having that video! It making me look like a liar!

  • Guestroflmao says:

    Yeah, and what you are saying doesn’t jive with the video. You don’t swing elbows and shove an officer. You got off easy. Admit you were wrong, take your punishment and move on OR you are going to get another shock from the judge. You know what I’m saying?

  • Ginn says:

    We hear a lot about this kind of incidents, when the police use violence while they can manage these incidents other ways. This time using Taser, other times pepper sprays etc.

  • guesty says:

    …it lit me up. I was shocked they would treat me like that. With all the electricity in the air from the game, I should have been treated better. I offered no resistance to the current trend of being kicked out of a game. I want to know watt is going to happen to the officers. It is obvious they have too much power and should be grounded. I’m still feeling the results of this and it hertz badly.

  • Guest 1492 says:

    Ain’t right. That could a blown my brain outta my chest or where ever my brain is! Know wha I’m saying?

  • tweety11 says:

    Again who speaks like that?Get away from the T.V.and get back to reality.Yo bro you folks crack me up………..

  • Guest2013 says:

    yhu dont know him but I do yhu know what I’m sayin get a life I’m pretty sure yhu cant talk dhat right either so shut a dang mouth

  • guesty says:

    Who posts like that?Take time to go back to school and learn some basic grammar rules.Like putting spaces between sentences….

    It hurt my head typing like you do. How do you do it over and over? Do you really not know any better?

  • Guest2020 says:

    I don’t know anything about anyone involved in this case, but I have two eyes that saw that video and the officers only reacted the way they did after the man put his hands on them. I am sorry that he lost his dad, but that does not preclude him from knowing right from wrong and he apparently knows that you shouldn’t put your hands on a police officer.

  • Guest28431 says:

    First and foremost if you do not know this man don’t judge him. I do know him and yes sometimes he should keep his mouth shut, but you also have to look at all aspects of this situation. Michael is not a bad person. Like everyone that is alive at some point and time say things they shouldn’t say. Just because he is speaking out about him not agreeing with the way the police handled the situation does not give anyone the right to start running their mouth at him. His father had just been buried and also there are some other issues that go one with Michael that I’m sure if you don’t know him then you wouldn’t understand. All police in Whiteville know him, not as the trouble maker but as a person. If they do their jobs by patroling. Its nothing to see him walking down the street with a smile on his face. I don’t know all the details about what happen because I wasn’t there so I’m not going to speculate on that, but I do know that all someone had to do was say Michael you are out of line and he would have calmed down. I’m sure he wasn’t the only fan there that was yelling crazy comments at the ref. So before you post a comment look at all aspects of the situation and the person before you start putting people down.

  • Swipe yo EBT says:

    I would walk around with a smile on my face as well if I could constantly get busted for selling drugs and was still walking around on the streets. Swipe yo EBT!

  • guesty says:

    Does he not know there is video that shows what he is saying is pure bull droppings?

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    …we all know that bulls don’t leave droppings, they leave “puddles” and “pies”. Horses and deer leave droppings. So, can we say that what he says is pure horse droppings? Nahhh…there’s too much bull in what he says. How about “Bull Caca”, or “Bull Poopies”, maybe “Bull Dung”?
    With idiots like this walking among us, it’s very difficult to have to be so PeeCee isn’t it?

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Your the gift that keeps on giving.
    It’s everyone’s fault but yours.
    Your Father dies, and your instinct tells you to disrupt a basketball game.

    The video shows exactly what happened. You shoved a police officer. Your conduct was disorderly.
    You should have left when the ref told you to.

    Your a laughing stock, sad and pathetic. And, with the added bonus, it’s on film forever.
    I hope your father would not be proud of you, but who knows.

    “but what they did it wasn’t nothing but lies”.

    What does that mean? You can’t even make sense of something after you’ve had over 24 hours to think about it?
    Please refrain from walking and chewing gum at the same time in order to keep your brain occupied by one thought at at time.

  • justin says:

    You gave this guy air time on the newscast when he was clearly at fault, pushing and shoving the officers as they asked him to leave … wow, just amazing!

  • Guesttenheimer says:

    They gave him opportunity, he lived up to the task and did a fine job at that.
    The video is clear an uncontestable. This mans ignorance once again shows how far individuals will go today to attempt to completely admonish themselves from any accountability OR responsibility in a given situation. He’s lucky they didn’t split his big ol’ wataah head open!

  • Raedy Kilowatt says:

    You were at a High School basketball game. You clearly went above anyone else there with your comments since you were the one ejected. It’s not the NBA, NFL, or even College. It’s High School. You don’t insult the players or Refs. It’s bad enough when the kids do it.

    Your demeanor must have put the cops on alert, and for good reason. You didn’t like getting steered out the door, and you did more than “bent over and grabbed my stuff”. When you swung your arm around, you got calmed down with the Taser. It worked. When the cop let his finger off the button, you were in a much calmer condition. No lasting effect like there would have been if you had been sprayed.

    I’d suggest you spend some time using the TV show Cops as a learning tool. While there’s a bunch of garbage on that show, one thing that would help you is learning what does and does not work when dealing with cops. Moving your arms and body in a rapid way is one of those things that does not end well. You are lucky that you learned this part of the lesson in a well lit gym rather than out on a dark road somewhere on a traffic stop when the cop had no assistance, and couldn’t see exactly what you were doing.

  • windy says:

    First of all, go back to school. Your ignorance shows.

    Secondly, “hurling a few insults” at someone is not appropriate behavior, whether you live in Whiteville or somewhere else.

    And third, when an officer instructs you to get up, you get up. You don’t “bend down to get your things.” The officer probably thought you were reaching for a weapon and so he acted appropriately by tasing you. Clearly you do not know how to respect authority and behave appropriately in public. Now, how about you stop making yourself look even more foolish and publicly apologize for the nuisance you caused at the game, as well as your disrespect toward the officers that night.

  • Guest Reply says:

    Good thing this kid didn’t have a heart condition…the tables would be spinning the other way.
    Cops have reached the point were they don’t even want to control someone by handling them…just Blast them…but twice?!
    I’m not saying the kid was in the right…it could have been handled though a little less dramatic.

  • Dawn says:

    This was not a kid. He got what he was asking for…

  • AndreaGirl says:

    The next time he’ll sit down and shut up!

  • guesty says:

    We are forced to keep our postings to a pre-K level of bad word usage to make sure not to offend, upset, cause distress or hurt anybody. Well golly gosh darn.

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