Jerry Hughes incident was with ref previously suspended for swearing at a player

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Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was caught on tape screaming at and threatening to beat up an official after Sunday’s game, and claiming that the official called Hughes a b—h. Although there has so far been no other information to corroborate or disprove Hughes’ allegations, the official in question has a history of such behavior.

According to multiple reports, the official Hughes screamed at was umpire Roy Ellison. And Ellison was suspended for a game in 2013 for using language the NFL described as “profane and derogatory” toward Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams. When Ellison was suspended, former head of officiating Mike Pereira said a previous incident had led to Ellison being warned that he needed to speak to players respectfully.

That puts a different twist on the story: Anyone inclined to give someone the benefit of the doubt in a he-said, he-said situation would likely give the benefit of the doubt to the person who doesn’t have a history of such actions. Hughes has no history of lobbing accusations against officials, but Ellison does have a history of swearing at players. Although Ellison has not spoken publicly about the incident with Williams in 2013, people speaking on Ellison’s behalf said he was reacting to Williams using the N-word toward him, a charge Williams denied. Ellison, Williams and Hughes are all African-American.

Ellison is considered one of the best umpires in the NFL. He was chosen to work the Super Bowl at the end of last season, an honor that goes to highly graded officials. But if he swore at Hughes after he’s already been suspended for swearing at another player, and warned about language toward players before that, then he doesn’t have the temperament to be an official.

Unlike most officials, Ellison is a full-time employee of the league. He could be out of a job if the NFL determines that Hughes told the truth.

33 responses to “Jerry Hughes incident was with ref previously suspended for swearing at a player

  1. There’s no room in ANY SPORT for derogatory language whether between players or offical’s, or coaches for that matter…BUT, if this is true and that official has been warned and suspended before maybe it’s time for said official to find another line of work.

  2. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    So Ellison gets suspended for swearing at a player but Belichick can do it with no repercussions? The NFL definitely does not have one-size fits all rules.

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    Only fair if you suspend players who swear as well.

  3. Jerry Hughes lied BIG TIME, he denied yelling at the ref after the game in his interviews after the game even though he was caught on tape, a lot of NFL players these days seem to forget that there are camera’s and microphones everywhere, but for this clown to deny it after he was clearly caught looks really bad on his part.

  4. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    I thought football players had thicker skin than this ,,,
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    There is a HUGE difference between an opponent talking trash, and an official.

  5. I never believe anyone when they try and excuse their behavior by blaming others. It’s a shame the NFL is turning into such a soft game that proper etiquette is now required. Real Men do not whine about name calling.

  6. Not trying to excuse any kind of behavior, but the refs are in the line of fire start to finish and have to be given at least a little bit of slack when they might pop off in such a manner. Doesn’t mean it’s right and if he did say what he said the ref should be reminded of his position and responsibilities. That being said when you have coaches and players barking at refs all game and refs trying to keep the game under control it shouldn’t be surprising when they, on occassion, respond in such a way. It’s an emotional game and refs are smack-dab in the middle of it. Again, not saying it’s right, but doesn’t hurt to keep it all in perspective.

  7. I get that the refs need to control themselves, but to say that a guy who (maybe) makes a mistake and lets loose once every five years, and happens to be one of the best at his job, should be fired is a bit of a stretch. Give him a warning, remind him he’s the adult, make sure there’s nothing really bad going on in his life right now; but fire him? No.

  8. Officials are missing calls left and right. No consistency.

    Where is the leading with the helmet rule?

    Ridiculous!

    They need to be held accountable.

  9. Mr. Ellison clearly has anger issues. The NFL’s vetting procedures are obviously lacking or he would never have been hired to begin with. We probably need a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this.

  10. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    So Ellison gets suspended for swearing at a player but Belichick can do it with no repercussions? The NFL definitely does not have one-size fits all rules.
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    Helps when the owner of the team you coach lines the officials pockets every week.

  11. That whole crew should be fired! They made a number of calls against both teams that didn’t make any sense. They were a major factor in the game!

  12. Are we supposed to believe that the official just randomly called Hughes a name, out of the blue? C’mon, now. That game had some horrible officiating. Isn’t it more likely that Hughes, fresh of a loss that should have been a win, had some choice words for the the official and that’s what prompted the name-calling and Hughes’ meltdown that he isn’t sure happened? These are grown men. Neither behaved as they should have. The official’s history is being used as a justification for Hughes and for a call to fire him.

  13. After watching the screw job they did on the Buffalo Bills Sunday . I’d say this crew made some calls against the Bills that were highly questionable. While at the same time Dolphins used josh Allen’s helmet as a punching bag at least 4 times.

  14. Jerry Hughes lied BIG TIME, he denied yelling at the ref after the game in his interviews after the game even though he was caught on tape, a lot of NFL players these days seem to forget that there are camera’s and microphones everywhere, but for this clown to deny it after he was clearly caught looks really bad on his part.

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    I dont think its a question of lying or not knowing he was caught on tape. I think this was more an issue of his head coach hearing that his best pass rusher was cursing out an official and telling him to shut his mouth and let the NFL investigate it before he gets himself suspended saying something dumb.

  15. “then he doesn’t have the temperament to be an official.” But it sounds like he has the temperament to be President.

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