The NFL fined Buffalo Bills defensive finish Jerry Hughes $53,482 for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result of his confrontation with umpire Roy Ellison following final Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.
The league on Tuesday positioned Ellison on administrative depart because it continues to overview the matter. Hughes won’t be suspended, a supply beforehand instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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The NFL Referees Affiliation stated Wednesday that it anticipated Ellison to be cleared.
“Video from final week’s sport shows [Ellison] was verbally threatened by a participant who has a well-documented historical past of abusive language and inappropriate actions in direction of our officers,” NFLRA govt director Scott Inexperienced stated in a press release. “Whereas we’re dissatisfied that the NFL has but to tackle that facet of the incident, we glance ahead to working with the League throughout its overview and can be certain that Roy’s rights are protected throughout this course of.”
Video confirmed Hughes yelling at an official within the tunnel of Onerous Rock Stadium after Buffalo’s 21-17 loss to Miami. Hughes accused the official of calling him a “b—-.” He was later restrained by a crew workers member and a teammate as he continued to shout on the official, “I will catch you!”
Ellison, in his 16th 12 months as an NFL official, was beforehand suspended one sport with out pay in 2013 for allegedly making a profane and derogatory assertion to Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams.
Following that 2013 sport in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles, Williams stated Ellison stubborn him out throughout a Redskins drive late within the first half, an accusation teammates backed. Williams stated Ellison walked by him after a play and known as him a “garbage-ass, disrespectful m—–f—–.”
Hughes denied Sunday’s confrontation to reporters within the locker room shortly after. He additionally stated he did “not recall” whether or not an official known as him a “b—-” throughout the sport.