United Airlines worker reportedly fired after unsuccessfully trying to fight ex-NFL player at airport in one-sided brawl caught on camera

The United Airlines worker caught on video fighting a passenger – who turned out to be a former NFL player – at an airport last week has been fired, the New York Post reported.

“United Ground Express has notified us that the employee has been terminated,” an airline representative said in an email, the Post said, adding that United Ground Express is a connecting subsidiary for United Airlines.

What is the background?

The unidentified UA employee confronted Brendan Langley, 27, around 11 a.m. Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, the newspaper said. It is unclear who caused the dust, but the Daily Mail said it was due to Langley using a wheelchair to carry his luggage instead of a luggage trolley.

Langley was the Denver Broncos’ third-round draft pick in 2017, played cornerback and return kicks, and appeared in 16 games for the Broncos during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is now with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.

Initially, Langley appears to get the better of the employee, slapping him once and punching him multiple times in the face, knocking him back into the UA counter. But the employee steps forward nonetheless, raises his fists and also slaps Langley in the face:

Image source: screenshot from TMZ video

After being slapped, the Langleys yell, “You seen that shit?” and punches the employee hard in the face, knocking him back against the counter. Langley then lands a second punch, and that big punch sends the worker rear the desk, after which he falls on an object – his feet swing back and above his head – then lies flat on the floor:

Image source: screenshot from TMZ video

Image source: screenshot from TMZ video

Despite his bloodied face and dazed appearance, the UA worker manages to get up and come back and confront Langley again:

Image source: screenshot from TMZ video

“He wants more! Langley yells.

No further violence ensues as another individual – apparently a UA employee – enters the frame and raises his hand as if to end the fighting.

Langley adds loudly, “He works at the airport and he assaulted me!”

Here is the clip. (Content Disclaimer: Tongue):

What happened next ?

Langley was arrested and charged with common assault, TMZ reported, citing police. But the outlet added that the airline worker was not arrested despite Langley’s claim that he did not throw the first punch.

The footballer had a lot say about the incident on Twitter, noting on the day of the incident, “how do you start a fight with someone, you get beat up to the point that EMS has to come and do your stitches on sight and somehow you get up in saying the other person is weak lol the way people see things is funny…”

Langley too called Newark airport “the devil” and Told United Airlines “you’re not off the hook…worst customer experience of my life in heaven!!!!”

Responding to a TMZ report on the fight, Langley added “It’s crazy how you can get mugged by a real airline employee and defend yourself, but the media will tell the story they want. That’s the problem with our society today smh; don’t believe whatever you read! @TMZ tbh this This is shit of y’all. Taking another man’s pain as a joke.

He also has mentioned “You can clearly see so many @united employees watching everything unfold while I ask for help. The craziest part, none of them helped defuse the situation! It was like they wanted it to happen. Like I had a goal on my back.”

langley added that “every angle shows me walking away from my buddy; I had an ass theft that morning, I didn’t want no smoke! He followed me to the booth just to physically hurt me. Honestly, I’m still shocked.”

Nothing else?

“United Airlines does not tolerate any form of violence at our airports or on board our aircraft, and we are working with local authorities to further investigate this matter,” the carrier told the Daily Mail in a statement.

The Calgary Stampeders said they are investigating the incident, the Post said, quoting CNN: “The Calgary Stampeders Football Club is aware of the information regarding Brendan Langley … The team is currently investigating the matter in order to ‘learn all the details and will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.’

The newspaper added that Port Authority police have not responded to their investigation into possible charges against the fired worker.

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