Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer just added to the NFL’s image woes.
As the league struggles to save face with their fringe fans that would like to believe that competitive people should wither away into shrinking violets off-the-field, Kromer allegedly proved that coaches are not immune to bouts of insanity.
According to a press release issued by Florida’s Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Kromer was arrested for simple battery after an incident involving three minors.
“On Saturday night deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Winston Lane at Inlet Beach in Walton County, Fl in reference to a battery,” the report states.
“When they arrived deputies spoke to the caller and learned three boys had been fishing on the beach when the suspect, later identified as Buffalo Bills Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer, and the suspect’s son confronted them over the use of beach chairs left by a beach access.
Victims told deputies Kromer grabbed 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. It was stated Kromer then told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them.
The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.”
There is a certain level of craziness intertwined within this situation
Additional charges may be filed which if filed most likely would involve the threat.
The Bills are monitoring the situation but it stands to reason that within today’s climate, it’s a matter of when and not if the club decides to part ways with the position coach.
The Bills are being lead by the flamboyant Rex Ryan who has kept a surprisingly low profile this offseason.
As the Bills reload and attempt to become relevant again, a training camp distraction that could divide the players and the coaching staff can’t be desirable.
The issue at hand will not be about whether or not Kromer and his son were right.
The point will be that players are fed up with being handed presumably less leeway than those that coach and work in the front office.
Kromer has courted controversy for a large section of his career having admittedly betrayed the trust of the Chicago Bears locker room and having been on the staff of the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate crew.
Kromer posted bond early Sunday morning and is expected to hear more from Walton County on Monday.