Former NFL lineman Mike Withycombe didn’t hesitate when he heard a man making threats towards a mother and her child outside of his Las Vegas apartment. After donning his kilt, Withycombe approached the man, telling him, “It’s time for you to go.” When the many didn’t leave, Withycombe sprung into action.
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Withycombe, 52, discussing the events as they unfolded, said, “I heard my landlord screaming at the top of her lungs, so the first thing I grabbed was my kilt, which is by the bed.”
While talking with a neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, she said the man had followed her home and made threats to kill her and her mother.
Withycombe recalled, “They were saying this guy’s a lurker, he’s hiding in the shadows, he’s following me, stuff like that.”
He confronted the man, who had been lingering in the area throughout the day, but the man didn’t back off. “I guess he wasn’t too worried about an old man in a kilt,” Withycombe said during an interview with KTNV. “He decided to take a swing at me and woke up very happily to see the police there as they were handcuffing him.”
Discussing the officers’ reactions to the scene, he said, “Cops loved it. They are like, ‘Took him down in a kilt like a boss.’”
Withycombe did admit the guy didn’t go down without a fight, leading to numerous cuts and scrapes on his feet and knees. “He took a swing at me, I grabbed him, hit him a couple of times. He hit the pavement and then my knee hit him and then I pinned him.” The confrontation can to an end when Withycombe “ended up just choking [the man] out.”
During his NFL career, spanning from the late 1980s into the early 1990s, Withycombe played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Later, he also spent time playing in the Canadian Football League before retiring from the game.
Speaking about the incident, Withycombe said, “I have a mother and two sisters, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to stand by and let a single mother lose her daughter to a predator.”