Buffalo Bills Assistant Coach Arrested After Allegedly Punching Boy In Face

Posted: Jul 13 2015, 12:33am CDT | by , in Latest Sports News


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Buffalo Bills Assistant Coach Arrested After Allegedly Punching Boy In Face
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  • Florida authorities arrested Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer on July 12 for allegedly punching a boy and threatening to kill his family.

Florida authorities arrested Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for allegedly punching a boy and threatening to kill his family on July 12.

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching a boy in the face.

According to The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunner, Kromer also threatened to kill the boy's family during a confrontation at a beach in Walton County, Fla. Authorities released a report saying a caller responding to the incident which occurred at Inlet Beach.

There, the witness saw Kromer and his son getting into an argument with three boys over the use of beach chairs. The caller alleges Kromer took their fishing pole and "threw the pole into the water and then pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face," per Dunner.

Kromer then told the three boys to return the chairs to where they previously saw them. The polic report says Kromer threatened the boy he punched he would kill his family if he reported the incident to police, per The Buffalo News.

Dunner stresses the NFL could reprimand Kromer under its personal conduct policy.

For their parrt, the Bills issued a statement obtained by The Buffalo News saying, "We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts."

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak says police arrested Kromer at 1:51 a.m. ET on Sunday. They released him at 3:10 a.m. ET.

Kromer made headlines in Dec. 2014 as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator when he made a tearful apology for criticizing Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, per The Chicago Tribune (via NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal).

Back then, Kromer confessed telling Rapoport he was frustrated with how Cutler managed the game, even saying his play hurt the Bears' chances, per The Chicago Tribune.

However, Kromer denied being one of the four sources The Chicago Tribune cited as saying the team had "buyer's remorse" about Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million deal.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told NFL Media's Michael Silver he was "baffled" by Kromer's actions in December:

"I would have a major problem if somebody said something like that. I think anybody that plays the position, you can't help but empathize with Jay for that situation. You talk all the time about being connected, being a unit, believing in each other.

"But if you have unnamed sources, people out there cutting you down, and then you find out it's the person calling the plays -- that would be really hard to deal with, to look at him the same way.

"I felt for Jay that he was having to deal with that. And I was surprised that the coach came out and admitted it was him. I think, in general, unnamed sources are pretty gutless. But then he comes out and admits it was him. I don't think he deserves any credit for that, but it was interesting that he did.

"But yeah, I was baffled by that. And (if a coach did that to me), we'd have some problems."

Should Buffalo fire Kromer, they must fill the void he leaves on the eve of training camp at the latest. One possibility is promoting assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, per Dunne.

The Bills were keen on hiring offensive line coach Mike Solari during the offseason, but he decided to join Rodgers' Packers instead, per The Buffalo News.

Buffalo hired Kromer a month after the Cutler incident. He spent two seasons as the Bears' offensive coordinator, per ESPN.

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