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Bills' Aaron Kromer arrested for assault and battery

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Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested for assault and battery early Sunday morning in Florida.

Kromer and his son, Zachary, got into an altercation with his neighbor's son, a minor, in Inlet Beach, according to a Walton County Sheriff's Office police report released Monday. The police report explains that Kromer confronted three boys over using their beach chairs left by a beach access. Kromer allegedly grabbed their fishing pole and threw it into the water. He then allegedly pushed one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face before telling the boys to return the chairs.

The police report states that Kromer caused bodily harm to the victim's left eye.

Kromer allegedly threatened to kill the victim's family if he reported him to the police and returned to his residence. Zachary then tried to help the boys locate their fishing pole before also returning to his residence, according to the police report.

The Bills assistant coach was arrested at 1:39 a.m. and released from custody on bond at 3:10 a.m., according to jail records. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news. 

"We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts," the Bills said in a statement.

Kromer joined Rex Ryan's coaching staff in Buffalo after spending two seasons with the Chicago Bears as offensive coordinator. Kromer made waves last season when he admitted to his players that he was one of the sources behind a Rapoport report criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler.

The 48-year-old got his first NFL coaching gig in 2001 as an assistant offensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders. He's also spent time as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, where he filled in as interim head coach for the first six games of the 2012 season due to BountyGate suspensions.

Given the recent focus on off-the-field incidents of players and the NFL's new personal conduct policy, there will be plenty of interest in how the league handles Kromer's arrest.

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