Riveron: Referee made ejection decision, I confirmed it

AP

The NFL has sent a strong message to all defensive players regarding what will and won’t be tolerated in 2018 and beyond.

Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams was ejected for hitting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the head while Luck was being tackled on a scramble.

Although it appeared in real time that the ejection decision was coming from 345 Park Avenue, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron took to Twitter to say that referee Pete Morelli made the ejection decision, and that Riveron confirmed it.

If that’s what happened, it’s a break from how game officials previously treated ejections. The game officials typically preferred to let the league office handle the matter after the fact, via fines or suspensions, in lieu of potentially affecting the outcome of the game by sending a player to the showers.

Of course, it’s possible that Riveron raised the possibility of an ejection with Morelli, who decided to follow the suggestion made by his immediate supervisor. As any good employee would.

7 responses to “Riveron: Referee made ejection decision, I confirmed it

  1. Of course, it’s possible that Riveron raised the possibility of an ejection with Morelli, who decided to follow the suggestion made by his immediate supervisor. As any good employee would.

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    Good employees do what they’re supposed to do regardless of what their boss wants. Smart employees do what their bosses want.

  2. come one MF. you have a conspiracy theory for everything that happens in the NFL. Perhaps Morelli just made the call on his own. It definitely wasn’t a borderline hit, and definitely deserved an ejection under the new rules. So is it your insinuation that the ref inserted himself into outcome of the game? And what if it were reversed and Morelli asked for Riverons input? Would you have said that the official on the field should make that call, and not someone in a booth somewhere?

  3. I tend to believe that it was Riveron that suggested the ejection. The refs have shown themselves to be completely unwilling to eject anyone for anything if they can possibly get away with not ejecting them – save for laying hands on a ref in any manner.

  4. It’s a shot across the bow to remind teams the rule isn’t dead.

    I’ve seen far worse than that, this was borderline…. and there was still an ejection.

    Roger, you may take a lot of bullets for the owners, but you’re still a pawn. A rich pawn, but a pawn.

  5. National Flag Football League. And you wonder why the viewing levels were are down. Keep ruining the game and you won’t have to worry about the calls because the league will be gone. Let them play football already. Ronny Lott wouldn’t have made it through any game.

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