According to a statement released by the Walton County (Fla.) sheriff's office, former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was arrested last night for allegedly assaulting a minor. He has been charged with misdemeanor battery.
Kromer reportedly confronted a group of underage boys, who were fishing on a beach, over the use of beach chairs. He allegedly threw one of the boys to the ground, punched him in the face and told him he would kill his family if he reported the incident to the police. Kromer also threw the boy's fishing pole in the water and ordered the chairs to be returned.
Kromer is currently the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills.
With the Bears last season, Kromer called out Jay Cutler through the media following a late-season loss to the Dallas Cowboys, saying the team had "buyer's remorse" for signing Cutler to a long-term deal. Kromer issued a "tearful apology" to the team but was released immediately following season's end.
The current incident puts Kromer at risk of league discipline under the NFL's new Personal Conduct Policy. In all likelihood, Kromer, who had a distinguished career before coming to Chicago, has coached his last game in the NFL.
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