Calgary Stampeders’ receiver Brendan Langley was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Monday morning and charged with simple assault, according to TMZ.
A man identified by local law enforcement as Langley was captured on video in an alleged physical altercation with an airline employee. The police indicated to TMZ that they did not arrest the airport employee despite Langley’s claim that the employee was the first to physically engage during the altercation.
Video of the incident can be viewed here. It is graphic in nature, so viewer discretion is advised.
The Stampeders issued the following statement on Monday afternoon regarding Langley’s arrest.
The Calgary Stampeders football club is aware of the reports concerning Brendan Langley.
The team is currently looking into the matter in order to learn the full details and will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.
Langley posted the following message regarding the incident on his Twitter account.
every angle shows me walking away from buddy, i had a whole ass flight that morning i did not want any smoke! he followed me all the way down to the kiosk just to cause me bodily harm. im honestly still shocked
The native of Marietta, Ga. signed with the team in February and is listed on the team’s roster as a receiver despite playing defensive back for most of his NFL career.
Langley was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played 16 games at defensive back over the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He made six tackles and returned 10 kickoffs for 244 yards and one punt for six yards.
The six-foot, 199-pounder was drafted by the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks but left the team to join the practice squad of the Seattle Seahawks in 2020.
Langley began his collegiate career at Georgia and made 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, and three pass breakups in 14 games for the Bulldogs. He transferred to Lamar for his final two seasons and made 14 starts in 22 games for the Cardinals. He was credited with 64 tackles, three tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and one forced fumble.
The dual-threat player also recorded four receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown along with one carry for 55 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed in the return game, registering an average of 11.7 yards on 21 punt returns while scoring two touchdowns in addition to three kickoff returns for an average of 24.3 yards.
As a senior, Langley was named first-team all-Southland Conference at defensive back and punt returner.