>>Bills Offensive Line Coach Arrested on Battery Charge
uffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested in Walton County, Florida, and charged with battery following an altercation in which he allegedly punched a boy.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office said Sunday it received a call in reference to a battery at Inlet Beach on Saturday night. Deputies who responded were told that three boys had been fishing on the beach when they were confronted by Kromer and his son over the use of beach chairs left near a beach access.
The alleged victims told deputies that Kromer threw a fishing pole into the water, then pushed one of them to the ground and punched him in the face. The boy who was allegedly punched said Kromer told him if he reported the incident to the police, he would kill the boy's family, the sheriff's office said.
Kromer was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery, though the sheriff's office said the incident is still under investigation and additional charges may be filed.
Kromer was booked into the Walton County Jail and released later Sunday on bond. The 15-year NFL coach was hired by the Bills in January after spending the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.
>>Cowboys' Hardy Suspension Reduced
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy had his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy reduced to four games Friday by arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Hardy will be eligible to return for the Cowboys' Oct. 11 game against the New England Patriots. Had the 10-game suspension been upheld, his first game could have been against his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving.
In his ruling, Henderson concluded "that the Commissioner acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion in finding that Hardy violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy."
Henderson also stated that "ten games is simply too much, in my view, of an increase over prior cases without notice such as was done last year, when the 'baseline' for discipline in domestic violence or sexual assault cases was announced as a six-game suspension."
Last July, a judge found Hardy guilty on two counts of domestic violence, but his conviction was dropped when his alleged victim did not cooperate with the investigation when the case was appealed.
An investigation conducted by the NFL found that Hardy used physical force on his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder four times. Commissioner Roger Goodell concluded that the nature of his acts was a "significant act of violence in violation" of league policy.
Hardy could continue challenging the case in court to reduce the suspension further.