A fight at Newark Liberty International Airport resulted in a former NFL player being arrested and a United Airlines employee being fired.
Brendan Langley, a former Denver Broncos cornerback turned wide receiver, was captured on video posted to social media facing off with the employee. The employee then slaps Langley in the face, and Langley responds with a series of quick punches to the employee’s face.
The employee regains composure and approaches Langley and slaps him again. Langley fired back another series of punches knocking the United Airlines employee over a counter and onto his back with a bloodied face. The dazed employee had difficulty getting up, but he again approached Langley before the video ended once on his feet.
The altercation reportedly began after Langley used a wheelchair to transport luggage instead of a paid-for luggage cart. A United Airlines representative told TMZ that the employee involved in the altercation has been fired. However, authorities told the news outlet that the employee was not arrested while Langley was detained and charged with simple assault.
The Broncos drafted Langley in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Lamar University. He was drafted as a cornerback and made his debut with the team in the regular-season opener, but was eventually surpassed on the depth chart and played only sparingly during the season. Langley finished his rookie season with just three tackles in 11 games while playing primarily on special teams.
Langley later made a position switch to wide receiver after the 2018 season but was released before the 2019 season began. He was then selected in the seventh round of the XFL’s 2020 draft by the Houston Roughnecks. Earlier this year, Langley was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He is still listed on their roster as a wide receiver.