The shocking video of a United Airlines employee slugging it out with a former NFL player at Newark Airport has now led to the employee being fired. An airline rep said in an email, referring to the company’s connection subsidiary: “United Ground Express informed us that the employee has been terminated.”
WATCH the ex-NFL player airport fight video:
The unidentified worker was captured in the viral footage shoving ex-Denver Broncos cornerback Brendan Langley, 27, who then unleashes a flurry of blows that send the employee reeling, after which the dazed uniformed staffer puts up his dukes and proceeds to slap the much-larger athlete across the face.
Langley shouts at a bystander: “You saw that s***?” Right before delivering a punch that sends the worker to the floor and left him bleeding from the head, per report.
But the bloodied United worker did not give up so quickly as he stumbled back to his feet and confronted the football player again.
“You want some more? He wants some more!” Langley yells at him.
It was unclear, at the moment, to see from the clip who threw the first punch, but Langley has been arrested on a charge of simple assault, while the now-former airline worker has not been charged in the fracas.
But then another video shared online of the incident appeared to show Langley land the first blow.
It is believed that the fight began when Langley used a wheelchair to transport his luggage, instead of a luggage cart that cost $5.
Langley then addressed the incident on Twitter, writing: “yall aint off the hook… worst customer experience in the entirety of my life on Heaven!!!!” After which he claimed that he was assaulted by the United worker and was defending himself.
A United rep wrote that the company “does not tolerate violence of any kind at our airports or onboard our planes and we are working with local authorities to further investigate this matter.”