The court date is set for embattled Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. He is scheduled to appear in Walton County, Fla., court on Aug. 12 at 8:30 a.m., a court clerk said Wednesday.
Kromer, who was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave by the Bills, faces a misdemeanor battery charge. His son, 21-year-old Zachery Kromer, also faces a simple battery charge for allegedly grabbing ahold of a minor during a Sunday morning confrontation at Inlet Beach in Walton County.
According to the arrest report, Kromer and his son approached three boys over the use of beach chairs. Kromer then allegedly threw a fishing pole into the water, pushed one minor to the ground, punched him and then threatened to kill his family if he told police.
His alleged victim is 5 foot 8, 140 pounds, a Walton County Sheriff’s representative said. Kromer, 48, stands 6 foot 4, 210 pounds.
On Wednesday, a judge decided Zachery Kromer will be issued a criminal summons, which means he’ll be arrested on a charge of simple battery without actually being put in custody. He will not have a mug shot taken or be put in jail, but will need to turn himself in to police to set up a court date of his own.
The Bills decided to call a timeout of sorts on Tuesday with the indefinite leave and are investigating the case with the NFL.
In addition to the arrest report, the minor that Kromer allegedly punched had visible swelling to the left side of his face.
One report hinted that Kromer may claim self-defense once he does get to court.
“It was dark out. He couldn’t see the people,” one source told Fox Sports. “The kids were belligerent and threatened him. Bottom line, they stole his property and he couldn’t identify them because it was dark out and they threatened him.”
Asked about this potential defense, a Walton County Sheriff’s representative said that in the arrest report the boys were able to identify Aaron Kromer as the one who confronted them immediately.
From their point of view, this incident was not foggy chaos.
“They could see him in the dark,” the representative said. “They knew exactly who confronted them. So there was no coming back to the house of ‘We don’t know who did this.’ They knew as soon as they got back to the house and they called authorities to say who attacked them.
“The boys positively identified him. They identified him by name when the caller made the 911. So they knew who it was. It’s not for me to say if Aaron knew what he was doing or who it was, but I can confirm that the caller knew who it was.”
One month from now, Kromer will get his day in court. And the Bills – who will be two weeks deep into training camp by then – will need to make a decision on the offensive line.
Assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson will presumably take over in Kromer’s absence.