Police: Aaron Kromer threatened to kill family of alleged victim

AP

We learned that Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested early Sunday morning in Walton County, Florida on a misdemeanor battery charge and the sheriff’s office has released some of the information that led to the arrest.

In a post to Facebook, Walton County Sherrif Michael A. Adkinson Jr. writes that deputies responded to a call on Saturday night and spoke to the caller who said that an altercation started while three boys were fishing on a beach. Kromer and his son are accused of confronting them about the use of beach chairs that escalated when Kromer grabbed one of the fishing poles and threw it in the water.

Kromer then allegedly “pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face” before telling him to return the chairs to where they found them. One of the alleged victims also told police that Kromer said that “if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.” No ages are given for the three boys, but Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Walton County Sherrif’s Office said the boy Kromer allegedly punched in the face is a minor.

Adkinson adds that the investigation into the incident will continue and that additional charges could be filed in the coming days.

118 responses to “Police: Aaron Kromer threatened to kill family of alleged victim

  1. A more disgraceful NFL franchise there is not.

    To think, bills fans call out other organizations for questionable character only to have this DB sitting on their coaching staff, beating up children. Sickening to see an organization put all morals and integrity aside to hire a coach with this track record and extreme level of effrontery.

    The Bills should just pack it in now. there little attempt at a Dream team in such Philly fashion will fail miserably. bank on it.

  2. I’m assuming, speak to an adult like a man, be willing to take a punch like a man. I wasn’t there so not really my place to say…
    That being said, I’m also a believer of never putting your hands on another unless you are defending yourself.

    Did anyone lose a finger and how does the Bills’ OL look this year, Florio?

  3. Guys, this is the nfl. So a stern 4 game slap on the wrist is in his future. The 4 games eill be appealed then dropped to two.

  4. So three kids came onto his property and stole HIS property for their personal gain.

    He went to go get his stolen property back and the thieves are crying that someone got push and slapped?

    What is this country coming to when we take the word of thieves over a law abiding home owner.

    Besides if the home owner called the cops, there is no guarantee that the cops would not have killed the thieves.

    If I was the parents of these kids I would say don’t steal stuff.

  5. Trying to be a big man in front of his kid. Way to set an example dad. Can’t wait to read the headline in the next few days when they fire this loser.

    On a side note, Jay Cutler is having a good day today….

  6. Punch a minor in his face and threaten to kill his family.
    Real class act.

    I can imagine that the 3 kids were being complete punks
    to get that reaction, but Kromer failed to think this through.
    Probably threw away his NFL coaching career and headed back to college with some program that doesn’t care about bad PR.
    No doubt somewhere in Florida.
    Richie Incognito is aghast at this immature behavior.

  7. Kids are jerks, and you can’t tell them anything anymore.

    That being said, if you find yourself saying, “I’ll kill your family…” You may have lost this round.

  8. I bet there is more to the story. Unless he’s just an enraged SOB, there are dots that need connecting. And, the team and/or league shouldn’t act until that time, irregardless of what the Internet lynch mob thinks.

  9. Let’s keep in mind – we’re going on the word of 3 (alleged) thieves (minors or not). I can almost guarantee charges get dropped, and that at no point did he threaten anyone’s family. Some spoiled brats is what it sounds like. One of em got too mouthy, got his come uppance, but mummy’s little angels would never lie, or steal, would they?

    Sounds like they got what they deserved. 17 – young enough to be a minor, old enough to steal, talk some serious smack, and smell what the rock is cookin’!

  10. Who’d have thought that being the interim-interim head coach for the Saints would have been the high point of his career?

  11. Complete garbage country – teens steal your crap & can’t deck them – ridiculous…the damn kids need to be responsible for their actions! (Which in this case is a big ol offensive line coach with a bad additude & missing lawn chairs)

  12. Pats fans responding to this thread have the brains of a goat…..plus they have the biggest cheating team in all of professional sports. You want to comet on something like this when you had Aaon Henandez on your team. Time for you losers to get a life, get off the computer and go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I’m sure as I type this your team is scamming a way to get by cheating for the upcoming year.

  13. Thanks for posting a picture of him an a Bears shirt good times.

    Fire him, black ball him like Ray Rice.

  14. Hmmm… Were the beach chairs stolen from his property? If so, did the boys that stole them try to lie about it, or talk their way out of it?

    Threatening to kill his family is utterly ridiculous, so should be punished without a doubt. A punch to the face after throwing him to the ground is over the top.

    I don’t think it looks good, but I’ll wait until the full info comes out.

  15. Looks kinda bad. You can’t really say these are delinquents, they were fishing on Saturday nite.
    Kromer approached them. The kids were using the chairs, but he destroyed their property. Kromer appears to be way out of line even before the first punch was thrown.

  16. So some kids stole his chairs,they didnt want to give them back, he tries to physically take the chairs and ends up pushing a kid down to do that and yelling at them. That’s probably closer to the actual events.

    The “punch” was probably was the punk kids version/supposed intention of him landing on the punk, and the “I’m going to kill your family” comment was either “I’m going to tell your fsmily”, or thrown in the police report by the punk for dramatic effext/to deflect blame by the “innocent” punk.

    Tread lightly until the facts come out here, when there are entitled punk kids involved, who didn’t like an adult retrieving his things.

  17. Sounds like the boys stole ‘his’ beach chairs and he confronted them. It got out of hand and he acted stupidly–and criminally if he hit one of the kids unprovoked. Grown men should make better decisions. I’d fire him for being stupid and causing a public ridicule associated with the Bills.

  18. If he punched a kid in the face there would have been extensive facial damage and warrant a firing by the Bills.

    However, unless this guy has a history of this type of behavior, and not one coming from the same accuser, I suspect these boys were coached up by an adult. That does mean all of the story is a fabrication but the full story sounds like an embellishment. The alleged threat (“if he reported him to the police he would kill his family”) seems extreme.

    I wouldn’t be firing the guy over accusations unless they are supported by evidence. Have you ever been accused off doing and saying something you did not do and did not say? I have and it was about money.

  19. like a junkie to dope, Billswillnevermove responds to the phony post I made earlier.

    Proves my point.
    NE/Belichick/Brady are so deeply entrenched inside your head you’ll never get them out.

    I can see why, considering it’s been 15+ years since the Buff had a realistic chance against their southern rival. The specter of losing 4 straight SB’s also must really continue to hurt.
    A legacy of failure….nice

  20. Interesting….considering the account of Rex going to punch the father of a kid who punched his kid many moons ago.

  21. Funny to see so many people complaining about how kids behave yet the people complaining are the generation that are supposed to teach these kids how to act. It’s your responsibility as parents and other adults in kids’ lives to teach them how to behave. Most can’t just learn how to act on their own, just like you all as kids couldn’t.

    But yeah, blame the kids for getting punched in the face by a 48 year old man and take no responsibility as a generation for creating the stereotypical “millennial behaviors” that you all loathe and complain about so much.

  22. billswillnevermove says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:45 PM
    Pats fans responding to this thread have the brains of a goat…..plus they have the biggest cheating team in all of professional sports. You want to comet on something like this when you had Aaon Henandez on your team. Time for you losers to get a life, get off the computer and go outside and enjoy the sunshine. I’m sure as I type this your team is scamming a way to get by cheating for the upcoming year.
    ———————————————————–
    billswillnevermovepastmidfield….

    It’s gonna be extra fun watching the Pats spank you guys again this year.
    At least you guys are keeping the series close during the Brady era…have you won 2, or is it 3? hahaha! Wow!

    Seeing as how Buffalo has mastered losing Superbowls…why would you even want to get to another one? The world will just laugh at you harder than before.

    Maybe beating up a boy on the beach kind of feels like winning?

  23. Sounds like an ongoing neighbor dispute. Did the three angels confront Krommer’s son before the son got his father? Have they had words before? The threat is an indication he is fed up with dealing with the whole family.
    To equate this incident with hitting a woman is a stretch.

  24. In this thread: Bills fans blaming the child for getting punched by their Coordinator.

    I’m no Bills fan, but I’m waiting to find out exactly what went down before making proclamations.

  25. Granted the facts haven’t been established. But it is not okay to throw someone’s fishing pole in the lake or punch a minor who is not threatening physically, regardless of how snotty they are. If the facts are close to the report, it would be hyprocritical of the league not to levy a substantial fine and suspension.

    If the report is true, I would not want him working for my team.

  26. This is why children have parents and the police have jobs. You don’t lay your hands on someone elses minor children unless it is in defense. Point blank. There were other ways to handle the situation, and it will cost him.

  27. Roid Rage

    Roid rage is a term given to people who act in very aggressive or hostile manner after taking large doses, usually on a regular basis, of anabolic steroids

  28. If he was confronting people who took something from his home without permission, I’m wondering where he’s in the wrong at? Hey, but that’s just me. If you come on my property and take something and I don’t know who you are while you’re sneaking around, you might just get shot, and I’m hardly a gun nut or something, but I thought people were raised better than to go onto people’s property and steal, then cry foul when the homeowner gets upset about it. By this logic, the people who invade a person’s home, get shot or something, and then sue the homeowner are in the wrong. I guess “minor” was thrown in to make it sound better like we’rre talking about 10 year olds or something. Something tells me when the whole thing comes out, this will be some nearly 18-year-old punks who thought they could take what didn’t belong to them and probably have been doing it for awhile, and Cromer got tired of it. SMH, but take it from the commenters, he was wrong.

  29. The “kids” were probably obnoxious punks once confronted. The blank blank blank and I’ll kill your family is something I say to my dog if he poops in the corner again or if my buddy beats me on the river again. You definitely shouldn’t say it strangers. Patriots fans are the worst. Ever.

  30. infectorman says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:15 PM
    A more disgraceful NFL franchise there is not.

    To think, bills fans call out other organizations for questionable character only to have this DB sitting on their coaching staff, beating up children. Sickening to see an organization put all morals and integrity aside to hire a coach with this track record and extreme level of effrontery.

    The Bills should just pack it in now. there little attempt at a Dream team in such Philly fashion will fail miserably. bank on it.
    ———-

    So sick of comments like the above Indict an entire organization and fan base because of one guy who does something stupid? Claim that the bills “put all morals and integrity aside” because of what this guy did after the fact? Call out another franchise in the process? Come on, man. Stop compensating.

  31. Why do we consider him guilty before all the info is out? These “boys” could all be 17 and could also be threatening little gangsters.

    I found myself in a similar situation a couple of years ago with 2 “boys”. One was 17, and was 6’4″ and 275 lbs, the other 16 about 6′ and nearly 300 lbs. They too just walked up and took something from my motor home.

    You’d think at 65 years of age I would have just shut my mouth and let them have it, but oh no, I started in. If it weren’t for my wife stepping out with my “unloaded” shotgun and bluffing them, I may not be writing this today. We called the police and they were arrested.

    So when they say boys, be careful of what you say and wait for the rest of the story…

  32. chris3141084 says: Jul 12, 2015 12:12 PM

    Aren’t the words boy/boys and minor synonymous?

    Not when you get arrested as a college athlete – then they are always 19/20/21 year old ‘kids’. Even at the pro level some are still called ‘kids’ – but only if he is putting up numbers.

  33. Calm down people, that’s why we have due process in this country.

    If you take 2 minutes to read the police report, you will understand that the three kids in the report took property that didn’t belong to them. To get away with only being punched in the face is a light sentence in my book.

    Now the kids could be saying anything to get the cops to go light on them and I suspect that these 3 kids are not on the honor roll or this is the first time the police have dealt with them. I don’t know what happened at the scene but I would be willing to bet that they wouldn’t be taking any more beach chairs from that property in the near future.

  34. “codiablo says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:43 PM

    Complete garbage country –”

    Did you just say that my country, the United States of America, is complete garbage? Complete garbage? What is wrong with you?

  35. Well, all you Bills fans were like giddy schoolgirls when Wrecks proclaimed he wanted to “build a bully” in Buffalo. There you have it. Maybe he can bring back Sal Alosi to trip another punt returner.

  36. daltonsdumptruck
    Some kids stole his chairs and we’re acting like punks because they thought nothing was going to happen because no one is allowed to discipline them anymore.
    _________________________________
    Goddamn right! If we acted like kids do today back when we were growing up, we would have gotten the crap slapped out of us and learned a lesson… No cops, no one else involved… These kids now days are spoiled, lazy and have not one ounce of respect. Kromer will most likely lose his job and be blackballed from the league. Ridiculous.

  37. I also grew up in an era where corporeal punishment of a minor was an accepted means of discipline. That never, ever included a grown man punching a kid in the face over a freakin’ lawn chair.

  38. My guess is that “All” these “So called” charges will be dropped…. Why wouldn’t three little “innocent” kids make up a story about killing their family’s? I just wonder who has been arrested more? Kromer or these “boys”?

  39. If the sheriff’s account is accurate Kromer sounds like a madman. These beach chairs weren’t stolen out of Kromer’s yard or even obviously anybody’s property. They were left at a beach access point and in a high tourist area like that it’s not at all surprising somebody would either assume they had either been forgotten or were for public use. And rather than just ask for them back Kromer immediately throws a kids fishing pole into the ocean and then punches a kid out. Why was simply taking the chairs back not an option?

  40. Well, Rex did say he wanted to build a team of bullies. He already got a RB (Lesean McCoy) who likes to bully women on his party bus before abandoning them on the jersey turnpike in the middle of the night. Now he has a coach who punches minors and threatens to kill their families if they talk. If Rex wanted bullies, I’d say he’s off to a good start.

  41. Well, you can bet that all the “punch in the face” and “threatened” to kill info came from the 3 boys, who seems the only thing we know for sure is that they were trespassing and stole some chairs”.

    I would advise to wait to pass judgment until we know what the actually facts are and not hearsay from the opposing attorney.

  42. “…You want to comet on something like this…”

    Don’t be surprised if it takes them another 76 years to come around and answer this charge….

  43. magnumpimustache says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:22 PM
    So three kids came onto his property and stole HIS property for their personal gain.

    He went to go get his stolen property back and the thieves are crying that someone got push and slapped?

    What is this country coming to when we take the word of thieves over a law abiding home owner.

    Besides if the home owner called the cops, there is no guarantee that the cops would not have killed the thieves.

    If I was the parents of these kids I would say don’t steal stuff.
    ————————————————
    Really? First of all, you don’t know how this all went down, but bottom line, he punched a kid, then allegedly threatened to kill their families if they reported it. A much older adult, punched a kid. You’re defending this somehow? If they were really on his property, he could have called the police, you know, like you’re suppose to do…

  44. Well, they shouldn’t have messed with official Bills Playoff Watching Lawnchairs. They need all of those they can get every year.

  45. He is most likely a loser acting like a loser but a can’t I would be happy if three kids were messing with my kids.

    Let’s find out the whole story first? Maybe.

    Screw it…hang the child abuser!

  46. Sad-sack division…AFC L east. Is it any wonder that Tom Brady never has to play away playoff games? (Except for the tuck rule game)

  47. Let all of the facts come out before the internet rage tries to get the media to fire this man.

    You would think a guy who coaches high paid athletes in a sport that demands you to be violent and aggressive has heard it all from players. Can only imagine the junk these kids were saying to him to have it escalate to this situation. These kids pictures will find its way onto the internet by some hs classmate who can’t stand them. What if this minor turns out to be some beast, 6’4 ,230ish ? Is that really a kid physically who knows his size and is used to not getting challenged…after he steals something?

  48. Everyone probably assumes that the boys did nothing to provoke this. Not saying that his actions befit a grown adult. But minors these days know they can get away with just about anything… including murder.

  49. Florida is going to need to install a counter-sign reading: DAYS SINCE SOMEONE WAS PUNCHED. How can anyone say this was okay? It was a minor, there is never a reason for hands on a minor, I do not care what he does or says unless it involves a weapon, which by all accounts, this did not

  50. What’s the big deal about threatening to kill someone’s family? It isn’t like he let a tiny bit of air out of a football or anything serious.

  51. So your fishing with your son and some punk kids start jousting with you, messing with your stuff …Minors only has to be 17,11 months…Have you seen Lebron when he was 17??? So you defend yourself and pop one of the kids and you should lose your job? be called our as a disgrace ?? we don’t know the whole story but jeez people it ain’t hard to see how it could easily be a case of self defense ….anyway screw the Bills go Pats!

  52. “Internet lynchmobs,” …….”kids came onto his property and stole HIS property for their personal gain”?

    Uninformed comments like these are why reading PFT is so entertaining.

  53. Have you seen Lebron when he was 17???

    Yeah. Nice comparison.

    First off, if this 17 year old kid looked like LeBron James, Kromer would have offered to shine the kid’s shoes while he fished.

    Secondly, If he HAD had the guts to confront the Lebron James looking 17 year old, you’d be reading about how Buffalo’s coach was found on the beach twisted up like a pretzel.

  54. well i can be a typical fan and defend my team with “well Hardy hit a woman and got 4 games, so he should get 4 games too”. But ill be honest- firee this guy and never let him in the league again. I dont care if he’s our QB, best defensive player or a coach, dont let ppl like this in the league.

  55. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    chris3141084 says:
    Jul 12, 2015 12:12 PM

    Aren’t the words boy/boys and minor synonymous?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not anymore … anyone (usually men/athletes) under the age of 30 that does something wrong is usually referred to as a boy or kid. We don’t require maturity until at least 35 now.

  56. Since when do County Sheriffs Departments report arrests on facebook? Is this the new justice system in this country? Trial by mob.

  57. fjw2 says:
    Jul 13, 2015 10:00 AM
    Since when do County Sheriffs Departments report arrests on facebook? Is this the new justice system in this country? Trial by mob.
    ——————————————————————
    I was just thinking the same thing…this is an ongoing investigation, and they’re commenting on it, and putting it on social media? They spoke to a caller who said “x y z…” and put that out on the web, seriously? This is the police force down there?

  58. It is so sad to see the lynch mob on here calling for Kromer to be fired befre he has even had a chance to tell his side of the story. Of course the one sided hatchet job PFT has done with the article is no better. For all any of us knows at this point, Kromer could have decked the kid in self defense only after he swung at Kromer. We also do not know the ages of these “kids” as they could be 17 and bigger than Kromer. It sounds like these “kids” helped themselves to some beach chairs from Kromer’s property and became beligerent when confronted about it. The way “kids” act today, I could easily see these “kids” telling Kromer where to go and then swinging at him when he tried to retrieve his chairs.

    Please, let us all wait for Kromer to tell his side of the story before making any judgements. Right now all we have are self serving statements from the “kids” involved – and we all know how truthful many teenagers can be.

  59. One more thing to add to my earlier post – This Sheriff’s Deputy who posted this story on Facebook deserves to be reprimanded and suspended for a while. He had no business releasing information from a police report in a public forum such as Facebook, not to mention in such a biased manner. We need to stop these knee-jerk trials in the court of public opinion, particularly in a case like this where the information being released is so incomplete and one-sided.

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