NFL official Roy Ellison backed by refs’ union after Bills DE Jerry Hughes’ confrontation, accusation
5th December 2018

ORCHARD PARK – Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes has apparently escaped discipline for the verbal altercation he had with NFL official Roy Ellison following Sunday’s 21-17 loss to Miami.

Ellison, however, did not come away unscathed and he has been placed on administrative leave by the NFL pending further review of what transpired.

After the game, as Hughes was making his way to the Bills’ locker room, he became enraged with Ellison. The incident was caught on video by Spectrum reporter Jon Scott and it showed Hughes screaming, “You called me a (expletive)! I’ll catch you! Trust me, I’ll catch you! Guarantee it! Gonna knock his (expletive) out when I see him on the streets.” As he was doing so, he was being held back by Bills offensive lineman John Miller.

In the locker room, Hughes denied anything had ever happened. “I don't recall that,” Hughes told reporters, even as the video was starting to go viral.

On Monday, as he typically does with most matters relating to league investigations and/or discipline, coach Sean McDermott had very little to say about what happened.

“I did see the video, but out of respect for the situation, I’m going to let the league handle that,” McDermott said. “Jerry and I have spoken, and I’ve gotten all the information from Jerry that I need, and we’ll move forward from there. All I know is that it’s being handled by the league at this point.”

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