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NFL docks ref Tony Corrente a game check for swearing


During the November 4 Colts-Dolphins game, referee Tony Corrente yelled an obscenity at one of his fellow referees. Corrente is far from the first person to yell an obscenity at a co-worker, but Corrente made one big mistake: He forgot to turn his microphone off.

That meant all the fans in the stands and the television audience heard Corrente swear, and as a result, the NFL has decided that Corrente won’t be paid for the game.

NFL V.P. of Officiating Carl Johnson has confirmed that he docked Corrente his game check, calling Corrente’s language “inappropriate for a game official.”

Working as an NFL official is a high-stress job, and almost everyone drops a few bad words when under stress. So I have some sympathy for Corrente here. But the reality is that the NFL will always hold its officials to a high standard of conduct, and the NFL and its TV partners don’t want swear words going out over the air. So it’s not surprising that Corrente is paying for this mistake. We can probably assume he won’t make that mistake again.

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65 Responses to “NFL docks ref Tony Corrente a game check for swearing”
  1. ottomanismydog says: Nov 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    This is a step in the right direction. Now start taking money away for other bad judgement calls that effect the game on the field.

  2. Getoffmylawn! says: Nov 16, 2012 5:43 PM

    Fine these guys for making bogus calls not for a slip of the tongue.

  3. trevor123698 says: Nov 16, 2012 5:48 PM

    THe bogus calls they make are obviously done to help rig the games.

  4. bkostela says: Nov 16, 2012 5:50 PM

    how much is that game check?

  5. necr0philia says: Nov 16, 2012 5:50 PM

    I wonder what Brian Boitano would do?

  6. cometkazie says: Nov 16, 2012 5:52 PM

    What a hoot . . .

  7. woodyg says: Nov 16, 2012 5:56 PM

    “We can probably assume he won’t make that mistake again.”

    He eff’in better not !!

  8. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 16, 2012 5:59 PM

    Three blown calls in one season and they should be fired. If it’s in the playoffs or Super Bowl, they should automatically be fired.

  9. garonm says: Nov 16, 2012 6:00 PM

    What a joke! They show players in slow motion on the sidelines say things like Mother F!@#er on a replay before going to commercial or you have the guys cussing up a storm standing next to the official on the field when he has his mic on, but they never get fined. I guess the officials do have to be held to a higher standard being that they’re making Millions of dollars every year… oh wait, that’s the players.

  10. dilberry says: Nov 16, 2012 6:02 PM

    That’s a great way to get free labor.

  11. roastedteacher says: Nov 16, 2012 6:03 PM

    I have no problem with this as long as they fine players, coaches, and staff who swear and can be heard when the ref’s mic is open.

  12. hawk4life80 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:12 PM

    Fines, fines, fines and more fines. Ridicules!!! It will start hurting the average consumer everywhere… So by all means all of you hoping for more fines, keep yelling. It will be the demise of this game. Smh

  13. upperdecker19 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:13 PM

    Holy SCHNEIKIES!!!!

  14. justintuckrule says: Nov 16, 2012 6:14 PM

    10 Billion Dollar business and they can’t get these refs mics that shut off automatically?? The NFL just can’t do ANYTHING right.

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:18 PM

    i heard it, it was loud too, I LOL’d

  16. tonythenose says: Nov 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    To which Corrente responded, “What the BLEEP!!!”

  17. ningenito78 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    But the reality is that the NFL will always hold its officials to a high standard of conduct….

    Really? Well as long as they don’t fight with the NFL. Then the league can care less how officials on the field perform/conduct themselves.

  18. crackrocksandotterpopz says: Nov 16, 2012 6:26 PM

    All he said was goddamn…jeez. I thought it was something more profane…

  19. jpb12 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:27 PM

    This guy is recovering from cancer. Made a mistake with the microphone and ends up paying out a bigger percentage than DeAngelo Hall gets for threatening a ref?

    NFL has it all backwards.

  20. myspaceyourface says: Nov 16, 2012 6:28 PM


    He didn’t get fined for swearing. . .

    He got fined because his swearing was heard by the world. . .

  21. berniesboys says: Nov 16, 2012 6:29 PM

    What’d he say??

  22. 3octaveFart says: Nov 16, 2012 6:30 PM

    ..aren’t you going to tell us what he said…?

  23. ttgb2 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:31 PM

    So what did he say?

  24. mb7756 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:32 PM

    I thought there were laws protecting employees from not getting paid for services rendered.

  25. dannythebisforbeast says: Nov 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    Bet right now he’s cursing up a storm at goodell.

    This is professional football not a grade school. I guarantee this money is not going to charity unless that charity is the NFLs fund to defend/pay off concussion lawsuits. this is simply petty and out of control

  26. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    That’s a bunch of horse%$&@.

  27. tinbender2000 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    I went to a Raiders pre-season game at Cal Berkeley memorial stadium in the early seventies (the A’s were in the world series in Oakland) and a local AM station was playing on the PA system when the national anthem started and drowned it out. When the anthem ended with “and the land of the free, and the home of the brave” the PA system continued with ” so visit your local VD clinic today!” True story, couldn’t make this up if I tried.

  28. thejuddstir says: Nov 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    and in further news, the NFL has fined 10,000,000 fans for swearing at the refs during Sunday’s games.

  29. Dustin Chace White says: Nov 16, 2012 6:39 PM

    This is really dumb. Several times a game I usually pickup players swearing and nothing is every done about that. Granted, this guy said it into a mic, but it was an accident. Sheesh

  30. ripster65 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    bkostela says:Nov 16, 2012 5:50 PM

    how much is that game check?


    $9,000 for him. And, yes, they should do this for bad calls as well.

  31. realitypolice says: Nov 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    All of the ineptness and idiocy that refs are allowed to get away with, and this guy gets fined for forgetting to turn off his mic?

    And what he getting fined for, really. The NFL must know that these guys curse on the field all the time.

  32. thejuddstir says: Nov 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    When will the NFL fine Jerrah Jones for false representation of an NFL owner, or Rex Ryan for pretending to be a NFL headcoach, or Rob Ryan just for being obnoxious and a blowhard?

  33. higgy1 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Every week i hear things from the players and the coache,. So are they going to get fined game checks too ???

  34. csilojohnson says: Nov 16, 2012 6:46 PM

    Wow, 1 swear word and we get some results from the front office.
    6 or so weeks (cant remember which week under paid incompetence was replaced by over paid incompetence) of inexcusable officiating and we get two empty apologies. For games that were not that bad in comparison to the ones they refuse to own up to. What a joke. Fine these morons already. Get some of that undeserved money back.

  35. oakraid says: Nov 16, 2012 6:46 PM

    I swear at the officials too.

  36. csilojohnson says: Nov 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    That game check is probably more than a Janitor that works 60hrs a week makes annually. The other major difference is the janitor would get fired for not doing thier job. These guys get a raise, and a pat on the back from the media. Yayy rigged NFL.

  37. petehemlock says: Nov 16, 2012 6:50 PM

    Dad gummit, Tony, can’t you watch your gosh darn mouth?

  38. 3yardsndust says: Nov 16, 2012 6:53 PM

    I would prefer more swearing from the officials. Also, the infractions should be reenacted by a team of mimes.

  39. onlysane1intheroom says: Nov 16, 2012 6:56 PM

    A little harsh, IMO.

    NFL should try working with the dumbasses that I work with!!

  40. lightcleric says: Nov 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    This reminds me of that guy for the Rams who got a 15 yard penalty and then another 15 yarder because he yelled a profanity at the ref while his mic was on for the original call.

  41. nfloracle says: Nov 16, 2012 7:05 PM

    This country is so absurd the way it pretends people are harmed by swear words when 98% of the population uses four letter words all day, every day. Except for bed time with the wife and sipping a few cold beers on a Sunday afternoon in the man cave watching games on the 80″ HD flatscreen, little is more satisfying in life than letting out a good curse word to express oneself.

  42. tbtrojan says: Nov 16, 2012 7:08 PM

    Ok, the bar has been set, the bar has been set for punishing an official for doing something that doesn’t alter the outcome of a game, now lets see the punishments handed out for…
    Bias officiating – “Personal foul, looking at Tom Brady, 15 yards, automatic forst down”
    Allowing injuries to happen – we were told that the replacements were a danger to the players health, I can only assume that means there should be no injuries with the real officials, how’s that working out?
    Major blown calls in virtually everygame, a huge number of which alter the entire outcome of games.

    I’m thinking if using harsh language towards a fellow official gets you docked a game check then every single official should be suspended for the rest of the season without pay for being completely incompetent.

  43. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 16, 2012 7:09 PM

    Fine them for terrible calls! Actually hold them accountable.

  44. PCa Survivor says: Nov 16, 2012 7:11 PM

    Seriously? What, our ears can’t take it?

    MAYBE for swearing at a player or coach but at a fellow official? C’Mon Man!

    Performance, NFL. Performance.

  45. hoopieguy says: Nov 16, 2012 7:15 PM

    Stole my thunder, man. I was thinking the same thing; “take a check away for the crap calls”

  46. joejacks says: Nov 16, 2012 7:27 PM

    What about the official who poorly called the Steelers vs Giants? He should be docked and suspended. Unless he was following the script?!

  47. mrlaloosh says: Nov 16, 2012 7:28 PM


  48. iberiasaint says: Nov 16, 2012 7:28 PM

    Calling a dumb a$$ a sumb a$$!! What wrong with that?

  49. dwight123 says: Nov 16, 2012 7:33 PM

    That was god d*** **! I was dying laughing when I heard it,9000 down the drain what a shame lol!

  50. term3186 says: Nov 16, 2012 7:43 PM

    He should be fined….. but an ENTIRE game check? Seems a bit much for letting a curse slip. Players headshot and concuss other player and get fined what…. 1/10th of a game check? 1/20th? Agree with the fine, but it just seems to be a bit much.

  51. brainslicer says: Nov 16, 2012 7:48 PM

    Gee, the replacement refs never used bad language. Maybe they are the standard that the NFL is trying to uphold.

  52. donny1rodriguez says: Nov 16, 2012 7:54 PM

    He said God Dmd it. I was thinking it might be worse.

  53. b3nz0z says: Nov 16, 2012 8:10 PM

    “g-dd-mmit” isn’t even cussing!

  54. skiss68 says: Nov 16, 2012 8:22 PM

    The NFL is out of control with the fines. You are watching a football game and not sesame street. Why doesnt someone fine Roger Goddell a weeks pay for ruining the game.

  55. ncm42 says: Nov 16, 2012 8:25 PM

    So if someone is offended by frequent references to a higher power, is the NFL going to start levying fines for that too?

  56. bg0lden says: Nov 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    An entire game check seems ridiculously harsh to me

  57. doublezero74 says: Nov 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    Most of you on this comment are whiny losers. Complaining about ref calls that went against your team is lame. They all even out and it’s simply part of the game. The guy on here who said three bad calls a year and they get fired is semi retarded.

  58. txbossman says: Nov 16, 2012 9:09 PM

    I don’t even know what to say. I laughed. I thought it was completely appropriate. It sounded EXACTLY like what I’d say. He’s a manager running his crew. I’m going to be cool for a little bit, but eventually, someone’s going to know I’m pissed.

    We’ll fine for a swear word in public, but bad calls in public? Meh. It’s ok.

    Whatever. I hate myself for loving football. They’ve got us and they know it.

  59. judsonjr says: Nov 16, 2012 9:18 PM

    I think Roger has a giant dart board that he uses for assigning fines.

  60. mjkelly77 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    … the NFL has decided that Corrente won’t be paid for the game.

    Big whoop. These guys are overpaid and will end up with a significant lifetime income stream. For that they should be perfect. Get rid of a quarter of the worst ones and replace them with the best from the NCAA Division I ranks.

  61. realitypolice says: Nov 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Nov 16, 2012 9:19 PM
    … the NFL has decided that Corrente won’t be paid for the game.

    Big whoop. These guys are overpaid and will end up with a significant lifetime income stream. For that they should be perfect. Get rid of a quarter of the worst ones and replace them with the best from the NCAA Division I ranks.

    Yes, because no one ever complains about college football refs.

  62. bucfandango says: Nov 16, 2012 10:58 PM

    Well at least he didn’t criticize the officials. That would have been a $10K minimum fine.

    The land of semi sorta kinda almost on a good day free speech.

  63. xx4zu1 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:55 PM

    That’s a little bit overboard. Let the man keep his game check and fine the refs that blow calls.

  64. tomtravis76 says: Nov 17, 2012 6:07 AM

    Fined an entire game check for swearing, that is a joke. The NFL bubble is nearing its bursting point. Imagine what this league is going to look like in ten years? Pay-per view is coming next with all of the talk about the in- home experience being better.

  65. bluejunco says: Nov 17, 2012 12:10 PM

    Lets relax with these fines already

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