THE man who allegedly assaulted a neighbour, exposed himself in a church parking lot and called this “probably the best day of my life”?
J.K. Schaffer’s father doesn’t recognise him.
“This isn’t my son,” Schaffer’s dad said, in tears, via WCPO in Cincinnati. “I wish we could talk about all the good he’s done.”
J.K. Schaffer, who played in 2012 and 2013 in the NFL with the Bengals, was arrested Sunday on a litany of charges, and after a truly bizarre arraignment, his lawyer is considering a brain-damage defence.
Schaffer was booked on charges of assault, breaking and entering and public indecency after a bizarre series of incidents Sunday, in which police reports indicate he first attacked a neighbour in Cincinnati. According to WLWT5, Schaffer walked up a neighbour’s driveway claiming he was looking for his dog, then pummeled the 61-year-old man, whose son said was bleeding and bruised when taken to the hospital.
Schaffer, a linebacker who appeared in nine games with the Bengals after starring at the University of Cincinnati, then ran across a field into the parking lot of a church, where he strangely lay down. When he stood up, he exposed himself several times, according to the police report.
“He looked very sweaty and red and very just aggravated, so I said, ‘Are you all right?’” Chad Pace, who happened upon Schaffer, told Fox 19. “He got down like a frog, put his rear on his heels and said, ‘I’ve never been better.’ The state that this man was in was nothing I could ever see [as] something that just comes out of you out of an emotion.”
Afterwards, the 26-year-old walked into Book of Acts Tabernacle to confess his sin.
“He went into the church and went into the sanctuary, and said, ‘I just beat up a guy really bad, and I want to repent,’” a witness said. “The guy was acting really weird like he was high on something and so then after that, he just sprinted back over to the house next door.”
Back at the original scene of the alleged crime, Schaffer was arrested. He was arraigned Tuesday, where his erratic behaviour was painfully evident.
Schaffer, who was video-conferenced into the Butler County courtroom, reportedly made fun of his lawyer as a “four-eyed bald white guy,” then told the court: “I just wanted to say that this is probably the best day of my life because …” Before he could finish, Schaffer was cut off.
Defence lawyer Mike Allen was left baffled, and is looking into whether concussions and brain disease could be the explanation for his client’s behaviour.
“It certainly wasn’t the normal arraignment that I’m used to,” Allen said. “There are obviously some issues, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. He’s got a loving family.”