Suspended Stampeders’ receiver Brendan Langley has assault charges dismissed for viral airport altercation

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Suspended Calgary Stampeders’ receiver Brendan Langley is no longer in legal trouble after a New Jersey court dismissed all charges against him stemming from a physical altercation with a United Airlines staffer that went viral online.

According to TMZ Sports, officials determined that Langley’s use of force was reasonably necessary after the United employee initiated the altercation. The staff member was not charged by police but was fired by airline shortly after the incident.

“We are grateful for the Court’s decision which puts an end to this ordeal that began nearly two months ago when Mr. Langley was assaulted then wrongfully arrested and charged for exercising his rights under the law,” Langley’s attorney, Halim Dhanidina, told the outlet.

Langley was indefinitely suspended by the Stampeders following his high-profile altercation. The team has made no indication as to whether he will be reinstated and asked to report to Calgary.

The native of Marietta, Ga. signed with the Stampeders 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.