The relationship between NFL players and the officials who call their games, is a complicated one. Born of both the need to call a fair game according to regulation, and the intensity needed to play the game at the highest level while entertaining the fans.
However, that relationship doesn’t normally result in players tracking down officials in the tunnels after a game, and angrily confronting them. Though, that’s exactly what happened after the Bills lost to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes took strong exception to a referee allegedly calling him a “b*tch,” during the game. Once the game was over, Hughes confronted the official in the tunnel. Some of the language in the video is NSFW.
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) December 2, 2018
As it turns out, the official that Hughes confronted is named Roy Ellison, and he has a record of making “profane and derogatory” statements to players. In 2013, Ellison was suspended one game without pay for directing a string of expletive-laced insults at Redskins tackle Trent Williams.
However, in a locker room interview after the game, Hughes oddly acted as though the incident with Ellison never even occurred:
"I would love to see the video"
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) December 2, 2018
No official word yet as to whether the NFL will investigate the incident.
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