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Video shows a United Airlines employee and former NFL player Brendan Langley fighting at Newark airport.
Langley said he was "assaulted by an actual airline employee" and defending himself.
Langley was arrested and the United employee was fired after the fight, DailyMail.com reported.
Video footage shows a fistfight between a United Airlines staff member and the former NFL wide receiver Brendan Langley at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
The footage, obtained by DailyMail.com, shows the two men repeatedly hitting each other. Langley is seen again hitting the United employee, who is then seen lying behind the check-in desk.
The report did not name the worker. The brawl took place on May 19, DailyMail.com reported.
The worker then gets up, apparently with blood on his face, and walks towards Langley. The two men speak, but it is not clear what they said. A voice off camera can be heard saying "please stop" repeatedly.
The video shared by DailyMail.com does not show how the fight began.
But the outlet reported the fight began after Langley transported his luggage in a wheelchair, instead of using the luggage carts which cost $5 to use.
Langley was arrested and booked on a count of simple assault, DailyMail.com reported. The United employee was not charged, but the airline said it fired the worker after the fight, DailyMail.com reported.
TMZ also reported the arrest and the employee's firing.
The United Airlines worker was taken to hospital and was treated for an eye injury, DailyMail.com reported.
Langley tweeted on Monday that he was assaulted by the United employee and was trying to defend himself.
He criticized TMZ for its report on the incident, saying: "Its crazy how u can get assaulted by an actual airline employee and defend urself, but media will run the narrative that they want to … this is the problem in our society today smh dont believe everything u read! @TMZ tbh this is shitty of yall. taking another mans pain as a joke."
He also accused United staffers in the area of watching and not helping while he was "basically begging for help."
Langley said he was walking away from the employee, and didn't want the fight.
"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," he said.
Langley played for the Denver Broncos from 2017 to 2018 and currently plays for the Canadian team the Calgary Stampeders. The team said on Monday that it was "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," it said.
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