The NFL has placed official Roy Ellison on administrative leave
while it investigates an accusation that he called Bills
defensive end Jerry Hughes a vulgar name during Buffalo’s game
at Miami on Sunday.
The league confirmed Ellison’s status and the investigation
Tuesday but provided no other details.
Hughes confronted Ellison in the tunnel near the locker room
following Buffalo’s 21-17 loss, and video of the incident shows
him accusing the umpire of calling him a “bitch.” Hughes waved
his index finger and shouted “I’ll catch you. I’ll catch you,
guaranteed,” before being pulled away by team officials.
Hughes afterward declined to elaborate.
Ellison was suspended in 2013 for making a derogatory statement
to Washington tackle Trent Williams during a game.
Bills coach Sean McDermott on Monday said he was leaving the
matter in the league’s hands after saying he’s spoken to both
the NFL and Hughes.