Bills suspend Aaron Kromer for six regular-season games

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Yes, the battery charges against Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer were dropped. No, that doesn’t matter to the NFL.

The Bills have announced that Kromer will be suspended for the first six regular-season games of 2015.

“Over the past several weeks the Bills organization has gathered information regarding the incident involving offensive line coach Aaron Kromer,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement. “Today we have concluded our investigation and the Buffalo Bills will suspend Coach Kromer without pay for the first six games of the 2015 NFL regular season. The suspension will begin on Monday, September 7, 2015 and end with the conclusion of the Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on October 18, 2015.

“We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter and we are highly supportive of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard.

“We look forward to Coach Kromer rejoining the Bills organization at training camp.”

The six-game suspension matches the new baseline punishment for crimes of violence under the Revised Personal Conduct Policy. Even though Kromer ultimately will face no criminal punishment (the charges against him recently were dropped, possibly in exchange for a civil settlement), the NFL applies a higher standard to its employees — along with a much lower standard of proof.

It means, as a practical matter, that the Bills believe Kromer did indeed punch a teenage boy in a beach-chair dispute, under the “more likely than not” test that doesn’t require proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills are considering donating the full amount of the money they won’t be paying Kromer to charity.

It’s unclear whether Kromer has waived his appeal rights. Even if he decides to pursue them, it will be very difficult for him to successfully fight the punishment, since he’s not protected by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The fact that the Bills imposed the six-game suspension highlights a key difference between a team’s rights against a coach and a team’s rights against a player. Under the Personal Conduct Policy, only the NFL may impose discipline. Also, a franchise’s options are limited to cutting the player or imposing a maximum suspension of four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team.

51 responses to “Bills suspend Aaron Kromer for six regular-season games

  1. September can’t come fast enough .

    One of the worst off seasons I have ever seen.

    Goodell does not have a job for life.

    Thank you for your service but the USA has 330 million people I am sure we can find someone more capable.

  2. I think the punishments in general are way too much except when it has to do with domestic violence. Domestic violence def deserves significant punishment

  3. Should have lost his job….. If a player had punched a kid in the face he would’ve lost his…. Smh
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    Depends on which player…..

    Best Regards

  4. How about requiring him to take classes like anger management while he’s on his six week vacation. He’s gonna lose money but ultimately he gets to keep his job. You’re telling me no one from that organization thought he should do any of that?

  5. Given how when the media first reported this it made it sound as though he punched out a little kid for no reason. This guy wasn’t going to get the benefit of a doubt regardless of what facts came about.

  6. Cjdub74 says:
    Aug 2, 2015 11:11 PM
    Should have lost his job….. If a player had punched a kid in the face he would’ve lost his…. Smh

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    Doubtful, AP beat a 4 year old with a stick and he still has a job. As someone else said, depends on the player. If they’re good to great, no way… A special teams player (not a fg kicker) and they’d be gone. It’s been proven time and time again in the NFL, if you can play you aren’t going anywhere no matter what you do. I’d bet it would be a close call that if Aaron Hernandez got out tomorrow that he wouldn’t be in someone’s camp by Friday. Sad but probably true!

  7. Everyone’s missing the bigger issue here. We have now become such a nation of victims that to get a couple grand all you need to do is send your minor into a celebrity’s proportion, have them attempt to steal something and take a wacky then threaten to sue. Just incredible

  8. Too harsh, but they are trying to set an example of coach punishment to reduce the howls and crybaby antics coming from the players.

  9. Goodell suspended Hardy 10 games and Kromer gets 6 under nearly identical circumstances? How is that holding “club employees to a higher standard”? The last thing we need is more lip service from Goodell.

  10. I don’t know if more details have been released beyond the initial reports of what happened. If he was dealing with some mouthy kids who were trying to start something, 6 games is too much; if he just blew his top for no good reason, well, I hope he’s learned a lesson.

    I’m glad he didn’t lose his job – the fact that the charges were dropped leads me to believe that whatever happened it wasn’t really that big of a deal.

  11. I wonder if he’s going to take the NFL to court over this? Oh, he’s not a little bitch like Brady……nevermind. Brady should be taking notes on how to take your punishment like a man.

  12. Awesome! Goodell is SO dumb!

    beating people in public AND A COACH NO LESS = 6 games.

    “probably was generally aware of taking 1 PSI from a 13PSI football” no evidence but = lets list it:::

    1 first round draft pick
    $1 Million Dollars
    Fire two low level employees
    1 fourth round draft pick
    suspend the best QB the league has ever seen for 4 games

    #firegoodell PPPPPLLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. It’s pathetic that we don’t hear from any of the Buffalo D-bags that troll Patriot articles when the subject is actually something they should be concerned with. I suspect this article will get very little response.

  14. If Krafty had any integrity about what is right and just over dollars and success, BB would have been suspended in house for spygate and would be not supporting the illegal football activities continually going on under his ownership and BB’s watch. Deflategate, etc.

    Want to know if Brady has a shot ? Expect a magic bullet will render him hall of shame if he keeps suing. It might be bad for the NFL but it just might eliminate the NE franchise

  15. Pretty stiff punishment for something that he wont even get arrested for since the law dismissed the charges.for the kid and his family it was a little bruise delivered from Heaven because they now have a lot more money in the bank than they had before the kid instigated the trouble.smart kid indeed!

  16. If a player had punched a kid in the face he would’ve lost his….
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    Depends on the player… and the team.

  17. @nepatriot1

    WAHHHHHHH WAAAAHHHHHHHH

    all i hear is crying when Pats fans talk lately…also notice the Bills came up with the suspension? They didn’t stand there and say i like Aaron he is great man i believe him! like that clown Kraft did with his cheating Coach, Cheating QB and even murdering TE

  18. He should have been fired. What a slug punching minors.
    It’s despicable, along with posters who support Rex Ryan’s lack of integrity on this site.

  19. nepatriot1 says:Aug 3, 2015 8:39 AM

    It’s pathetic that we don’t hear from any of the Buffalo D-bags that troll Patriot articles when the subject is actually something they should be concerned with. I suspect this article will get very little response.
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    You did hear from a Bills fan….here it is: 6 games for off the field scuffle.

    But years of ball tampering by Brady probably 0-2 games.

    What impacts the game more? SPOT ON POST!

  20. This is dumb, first off yea you should be able to control yourself to not hit anyone let alone a minor, but im betting the kid 100% deserved it or at least was asking for it. regardless 6 games seems a little too serious especially since charges were dropped. He didn’t alter the playing field of game so comparing this to Brady is just dumb…2 games 4 games? ok…but 6 that’s just a stupid amount.

  21. sgoodmantzak says:
    Aug 2, 2015 11:06 PM
    4 games for weed which is legal in multiple states and 6 games for punching minors in the face when you are a coach?

    Just think how easy Ray Lewis got off!

  22. billh1947 says:
    Aug 3, 2015 9:10 AM
    Pretty stiff punishment for something that he wont even get arrested for since the law dismissed the charges.for the kid and his family it was a little bruise delivered from Heaven because they now have a lot more money in the bank than they had before the kid instigated the trouble.smart kid indeed!

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    The reason the charges have been dropped is because Kromer came to an “amicable agreement” with the family. In other words, he paid them off. Everyone was all over Greg Hardy for allegedly paying off his victim. The same should apply to Kromer.

  23. Way to much “BS” happening this off season. Let’s get into camp and focus on football.

  24. What are you doing, Buffalo? Don’t you know you’re supposed to fire the ball boys, destroy his phone, and act like nothing happened? Geeze, get it together. I hear his nickname is shiner because his last name has “Chrome” in it.

  25. “browns4ever says:Aug 3, 2015 1:06 AM

    Guilty till proven innocent…
    Charges dropped = innocent!!!!
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    Uh, no. Charges dropped = The Bills paid off, so the witnesses won’t cooperate.

  26. Uh, charges dropped does not equal “innocent”. The victim’s parents and requested that the charges be dropped. Sounds like Kromer sincerely apologized (kids too) to the family and wrote a nice check to them.

  27. riverhorsey says:
    Aug 3, 2015 12:19 AM
    Why were there never any details of this story explaining exactly what happened ?
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    Because Kromer worked out a “settlement” that got the charges dropped and the “details” covered up.

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