For many years, the Chicago Bears were known to be a team that stayed away from players with behavioral problems, and when they did have situations' to deal with, they did so swiftly and privately. This is largely due to the culture set by the McCaskey family, who have a long and storied history with the league going back to George Halas' foundation.
Under the watch of former general manager Phil Emery, we saw some things change, as well as with former head coach Marc Trestman.
Last week, the Bears terminated the contract of defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff after an altercation at Halas Hall, and a couple days ago it was revealed that this was not his first run-in with the team.
TMZ has even more details on the incident that led to him being released, and it sheds light on just how disturbed of a person that Ratliff seems to be.
According to the report, Ratliff walked into the Bears facility claiming he needed to get his stuff and told someone, "He felt like killing everybody in the building."
Cops say he gathered his belongings andleft the property without further incident ... only to return later that day.
According to the report, Ratliff told someone, "I am the devil" and "he wished staff member's children would die."
One Bears official told police they had concern for the safety of Bears staffers -- and warned cops they believed Ratliff owns multiple firearms.
The Chicago-Tribune has acquired the full police report, and you can view that HERE.
While Ratliff definitely contributed on the field, there is no question at all about the decision being made to hand him his walking papers. If another team decides to pick him up, they will have their hands full. That's if the league even allows him to go back to work to begin with.
EDIT: Here's a copy of the police report;
And the Chicago Sun Times has recording of the non emergency call that was placed.