Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested Saturday in Walton County (Fla.) on one count of a misdemeanor battery the Walton County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
According to the public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office, Kromer was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. Sunday following an altercation near his beach home. He was released at 3:10 a.m.
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The incident, according to the sheriff’s office, occurred outside a residence on Inlet Beach in Walton County, with Kromer involved in an argument that grew physical with his neighbor’s son, a juvenile.
Deputies learned that Kromer and his son allegedly confronted three boys who were fishing on the beach regarding “the use of beach chairs left by a beach access.”
Deputies were told that Kromer threw one of the boy’s fishing poles into the water and then allegedly pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face. In additional detail from the release: “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.”
The incident is still being investigated by the Walton County Sherriff’s Office and a redacted arrest report will likely become available Monday.
The Bills issued the standard comment for an arrest.
“We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts,” the team said, via Ty Dunne of the Buffalo News.
Kromer could face severe discipline from the league for his actions, depending on the outcome of the case. The NFL’s personal conduct policy was updated and amended in December with an intent to take a stronger stance against employees who are involved in incidents of violence.
Kromer, 48, was with the Chicago Bears for two seasons. In December, he made news after making ‘off-the-record’ comments about quarterback Jay Cutler to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport following the team’s 41-28 loss to the Cowboys. Kromer later confessed to the entire offense and then head coach Marc Trestman that he had been the source for Rapoport’s pointed on-air criticism of Cutler.
The Bills signed Kromer to a two-year deal this offseason.