Bears' Ratliff 'Felt Like Killing Everybody In The Building' At Halas Hall
By Kate Shepherd in News on Oct 30, 2015 8:15PM
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After getting cut from the team last week, ex-Chicago Bear Jeremiah Ratliff said "I am the devil" and that he "felt like killing everybody in the building," according to a police report obtained by the Tribune.
The defensive lineman, who was temporarily suspended by the NFL in August for a DWI, showed up at the team's Halas Hall in no condition to work on Oct. 21. The Bears decided to cut the four-time Pro Bowler after he was sent home.
After he learned of his release, he returned to Halas Hall by foot to gather his belongings but security would not let him drive past the gate. That's when he said that he "felt like killing everybody in the building."
He left Halas Hall after gathering his things but then appeared again later to retrieve his cell phone. When getting his phone, he said he "wished staff member's children would die" and "I am the devil."
At some point during these multiple visits, the Bears director of safety and security John Tarpey called the Lake Forest Police Department.
"We'd like to have an officer come over," Tarpey said, according to audio obtained by the Tribune. "We had an issue with a player. He left pretty upset, came back and then left again upset. We're a little concerned that he may come back again. So we'd like to have an officer over here, talk to him about it and see what we can do here."
The police report says that Bears officials alerted police that they believed Ratliff owned multiple firearms. He has not returned to Halas Hall but the team remained on heightened security on Oct. 22.
The Bears also notified Ratliff's old team, the Dallas Cowboys, of his release as a security precaution, according to the Dallas Morning News. They wanted to let the Cowboys know that Ratliff, who once got into a heated locker room argument with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, might be returning to his home in suburban Dallas. He didn't make any specific threats to the Cowboys or anyone in the organization during his Oct. 21 outburst.