Jeremiah Ratliff was released by the Chicago Bears last week and now we have a more definitive reason as to why. Ratliff allegedly told staffers at the facility he wanted to kill everybody and even wished death on the children of Bears employees. The comments led to the team calling 911 and asking for an officer to be present.


On Oct. 21, reporters observed Ratliff and general manager Ryan Pace having an animated conversation in front of the Bears’ Halas Hall facility around 11:30 a.m. CT while the rest of the team was on the practice field. Multiple sources confirmed the Bears asked Ratliff to leave the facility because they felt he was not in the proper condition to work that day. Sources added that Ratliff later returned to the building several times before leaving for good.

According to the police report, which is heavily redacted to remove names and some identifying details, Ratliff returned and said he needed to get his belongings, at which point he said he “felt like killing everybody in the building.” A short time later, he returned and said he needed to retrieve his cellphone, entering the property by foot when security would not let him through in his car. He was escorted to get his phone, during which time he made the comment referring to himself as the devil and saying he wished staff members’ children would die.

Ratliff, who was believed to have owned “multiple firearms,” was described in the report as “very angry and irrational.”

A police car remained stationed at Halas Hall for the rest of the afternoon to ensure Ratliff did not come back

The Bears released him the next day and there has been no further incidents since.