Bills’ Aaron Kromer issues statement about suspension, doesn’t apologize
Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer issued a brief statement in response to the team announcing his six-game suspension without pay related to an offseason incident in which he was arrested for misdemeanor battery. What arguably makes his minute-long, prepared-statement somewhat strange is how Kromer refused to apologize for his actions, nor did he express any regret over what had occurred, although he did express gratitude for the team allowing him to come to work.
“I’m sure everybody wants to hear about what happened over the last couple of weeks, and I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” Kromer said, via Syracuse.com.
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be back here at training camp, how grateful I am for Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula, Russ Brandon and, of course, (coach) Rex (Ryan) for allowing me back to do my job.”
Kromer was arrested for misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident in which he was accused of punching a minor and threatening to kill the boy’s family over the use of beach chairs.
Charges ultimately were dropped after the victim’s parents sent letters to state attorney’s office in Florida requesting the action be stopped after the two sides reportedly reached an “amicable resolution.”
Kromer made the statement after joining the team at camp on Monday.
“All I can say is I’m excited to be back here working with the talent we have on the offensive line and making them the best they can be this training camp and getting them ready for the season,” he continued. “That’s my whole goal, that’s my whole focus at this point. I’m excited to be able to do that.”
Kromer declined to elaborate on his statement and Bills head coach Rex Ryan refused to offer much of a comment on anything related to the issue.
“We issued a statement as an organization and so I’m really not going to add a whole lot to that,” Ryan said, referring to the statement issued by Bills president Russ Brandon.
[H/T Sporting News, image via the Democrat and Chronicle]