Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested early Sunday morning in Walton County, Fla., on a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly punching a boy in the face and threatening to kill his family.
In a statement released by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, authorities initially responded to a residence at Inlet Beach in reference to the battery claim. The caller stated that Kromer and Kromer’s son confronted three boys over the use of beach chairs at the beach. That’s when the accuser said that 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.”
Kromer told the boys to return the chairs to where they found them. And, per the release, the victim said that Kromer told the boy that if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.
The Walter County Sheriff’s Office stated that it is continuing to investigate the charges filed.
After being booked in the jail at 1:51 a.m., Kromer was released at 3:10 a.m.
“We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts,” the Bills said in a statement Sunday.
Kromer, 48, was hired this offseason on new head coach Rex Ryan’s staff after previously serving as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator.
He made news last season in giving the team a tearful apology after criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler to a reporter.
The coach could be punished by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy.
If the Bills fire Kromer, they’d need to adjust their staff on the eve of training camp. They do have an assistant offensive line coach already in house, Kurt Anderson. Buffalo interviewed longtime offensive line coach Mike Solari in the offseason, but Solari turned Buffalo down to accept the No. 2 job on Green Bay’s staff.