Ex-Bear Jeremiah Ratliff made threats at team facility: police report

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A police report says that former Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff threatened staff at team headquarters in suburban Chicago, saying he "felt like killing everybody in the building."

The Lake Forest police report released Friday says an officer responded when someone at Halas Hall called police on Oct. 21 to report that Ratliff was "very angry and irrational." The Bears cut Ratliff on Oct. 22, the day after Ratliff was seen having an animated discussion with general manager Ryan Pace in a parking lot outside of the facility.

The report says Ratliff twice parked outside Bears property and walked past security. It says Ratliff said, "I am the devil," and he wished staff member's children would die.

A statement from agent Mark Slough on behalf of Jeremiah Ratliff reads:

Jeremiah has no recollection or memory of saying anything that has been reported in the police report. Jeremiah is receiving care in Dallas for a football-related medical condition that arose out of the game on the 18th with Detroit. The primary focus right now is on Jeremiah’s cognitive health. I would also like to reiterate that the reports that Jeremiah showed up at Halas Hall inebriated are utterly and completely false.

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