July 19, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
In light of Aaron Kromer battery case, Bills coach Rex Ryan several years ago faced misdemeanor assault charge for punching neighbor
As Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer faces battery charges in Florida and is on indefinite paid administrative leave, his boss once faced his own thorny legal situation several years ago. Bills coach Rex Ryan, then the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line coach, faced a misdemeanor assault charge in 2002 in Ellicott City, Md. Ryan got into a physical altercation with his neighbor days after their two young sons got into a fight. Ryan was upset because he felt that his son, smaller and younger than the neighbor's son, was being bullied and confronted the boy's father. Unlike Kromer, who allegedly punched a minor, Ryan was in an altercation with an adult. The criminal and civil cases filed against Ryan were resolved through a settlement, dismissing the misdemeanor charge and a $3.6 million civil lawsuit alleging assault, battery and emotional distress Ryan was accused of punching his neighbor in the face and giving him a black eye, lumps on his head, blurred vision and mental confusion. Ryan left after his neighbor grabbed a metal rake and brandished it at him, according to the lawsuit.
Ryan went on to become a successful defensive coordinator with the Ravens and then was hired as the New York Jets coach before being fired and then hired by the Bills as their new head coach.
Ryan has energized the Bills' fan base this offseason and emerged as an extremely popular figure in upstate New York.
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsiderAaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun