Calgary Stampeders WR Brendan Langley has been placed on indefinite suspension by the team. Following a fight, he had with a United Airlines employee.
The incident happened at the United Airlines bag drop desk at Newark Airport in New Jersey on Thursday, May 19th. Langley was headed to Canada for CFL training camp.
“The Calgary Stampeders have placed American receiver Brendan Langley on indefinite suspension.
Langley was charged with simple assault after an incident at Newark Liberty Airport on May 19th en route to his first training camp with the Stampeders. While on suspension, Langley is not permitted to enter team facilities or have any involvement with the football club.
“The Stampeders take matters such as these very seriously,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “After learning details of the incident including the filing of a criminal charge, we are indefinitely suspending Brendan Langley.”
As this is an ongoing legal matter, the Stampeders will have no further comment on the matter.”
This incident is not so cut and dry. The employee at United Airlines was fired for the incident as well. This drama took place because Langley was using a wheelchair to transport his luggage instead of a paid-for luggage cart.
The unnamed airline worker threw the first punch based on the previous footage. After the incident, the employee was taken to the hospital for a wound over his eye.
Langley, 27, a former Denver Broncos, was arrested on Thursday, May 19th. The fired former United Airlines employee was not charged.
United released the following statement.
“United Airlines does not tolerate violence of any kind at our airports or on board our planes and we are working with local authorities to further investigate this matter.”
Langley posted the following via Twitter about the fight.
“u can clearly see soooo many @united employees watching everything unfold while im basically begging for help. craziest part not one of them helped De-escalate the situation! it was like they wanted it to happen. like i had a target on my back”
Langley’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with legal fees and sue United Airlines.
The world is a broken place. Tensions are running high, and it is sad. An unnecessary incident will tarnish both men for the rest of their lives.
CFL News Hub will have more on this incident as it develops.