An angry NFL player stormed off the field Sunday to confront a referee who allegedly calling him a ‘b**ch’ during the game.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was caught on camera as he approached a gaggle of refs in the tunnel under Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium following the Bills’ 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
In the video, which was tweeted by Spectrum News Sports anchor Jon Scott, Hughes can be heard shouting, ‘You called me a b**ch. I’ll catch you. Trust me, I’ll catch you, guaranteed,’ while pointing at the retreating refs.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was caught on camera in the tunnel, confronting a referee for allegedly calling him a ‘b**ch’ on the field during Sunday’s game
Hughes’ teammate and Bills personnel quickly intervened and directed him away from the refs
As he shouts, Bills personnel and his teammates hurry in to escort him in the opposite direction.
While Hughes storms to the locker room, he can also be heard saying, ‘I’m going to knock his ass out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a b**ch.’
Despite the incident having been caught on camera, Hughes later calmly denied that he confronted the ref when speaking with reporters.
‘Who did? I did what?’ Hughes said, according to ESPN. ‘What did I say? If I did go up to the official, what did I say?’
When speaking to reporters later in the day, Hughes (pictured Sunday) denied that the incident occurred and claimed to have no memory of having been called a ‘b**ch’
It was reported that Hughes was confronting referee Roy Ellison, who had been suspended for one game for ‘making a profane and derogatory statement’ to an NFL players in 2013
He then said that he ‘would love to see the video,’ when informed that one existed and didn’t ‘recall’ having been called a ‘b**ch’ during the game, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
He also said that the officiating during the game had been ‘fair’ and that the Bills ‘had our opportunities to make plays and the ball just rolled in their favor.’
ESPN’s Mike Rodak tweeted that, ‘The NFL will be looking into video that shows Bills DE Jerry Hughes confronting an official in the tunnel after Sunday’s game.’
It’s unclear when exactly the ref might’ve allegedly called Hughes a ‘b**ch’ during Sunday’s game.
USA Today reported that Hughes was shouting at referee Roy Ellison, who had previously been suspended for one game without pay for ‘making a profane and derogatory statement’ to Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams during a 2013 game.
Williams claimed that after the game, in which the Redskins lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, Ellison had called Williams a ‘garbage [expletive], disrespectful [expletive],’ according to a Washington Post report at the time.