On Sunday a passenger and agent at a United Airlines ticket counter got into a fight. Little was known initially about the incident.
We know know that the passenger at Newark airport was former NFL player Brendan Langley (who was a third round draft pick as a cornerback by the Denver Broncos in 2017). He currently plays for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. Langley was arrested and charged with assault. He appears to have swung first, at least based on available footage.
Here’s a longer video of the fight than first spread virally, but it doesn’t explain how things started.
This shows it earlier on but doesn't help explain much.pic.twitter.com/Hz5KDBaJME
— Jack Posomeoff (@tigermelons) May 23, 2022
In the video the employee gets bloodied – not surprising when his adversary is a pro footballer – but he comes back and does surprisingly well.
So what triggered this mess?
United instructed him to use a wheelchair to carry his luggage because they were out of their normal dollys . The employee that got beat up chased him down saying he couldn’t use it and then tried to physically remove it from Brendan’s hands which led to the fight.
— Su’a (@iammsuzy) May 23, 2022
The employee should have de-escalated, not exacerbated the incident, and shouldn’t have engaged in the brawl beyond defending himself. He was employed by United Airlines subsidiary United Ground Express and has been terminated.
According to United Airlines,
United Airlines does not tolerate violence of any kind at our airports or on board our planes and we are working with local authorities in their investigation of this matter. United Ground Express informed us that the employee has been terminated.