Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes made headlines on Sunday for the wrong reasons following the team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. After the game, Hughes ran past the Bills’ locker room to confront a game official, but it wasn’t over a call on the field.
Jon Scott of Spectrum News caught a portion of the argument on video before teammate Jonathan Miller was able to corral Hughes back toward the Bills’ locker room. Other game officials including referee Shawn Hochuli can be seen in the video.
Warning: the audio is NSFW
“You called me a bitch,” screams Hughes at an unidentified official. “I’ll catch you. I’ll catch you, guaranteed.”
As he’s walking away, he’s talking quieter but he is still talking.
The Buffalo News’ Jason Wolf wrote that it appeared Hughes was yelling at Umpire Roy Ellison, though he can’t be seen in the video. Perhaps that he can’t be seen in the video is an indication that it is, in fact, him. Field judge Tom Hill (foreground) and side judge Chad Hill (number 125) are there as is Hochuli (white hat) and Hughes isn’t yelling at them, so that narrows the possibilities.
In the locker room a few minutes later, a calm and collected Hughes denied having any memory of yelling at anyone. Saying he “would love to see the video,” Hughes repeatedly said he didn’t remember the altercation.
“Who did? I did what?” Hughes said. “What did I say? If I did go up to the official, what did I say?”
We can assume there will be some discipline from the league for Hughes. We will have to wait and see what happens to both of them.