The NFL will internally address referee Pete Morelli’s recent microphone gaffe, a league spokesman said, but it does not appear Morelli will face suspension for the incident. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
League officials were not pleased with Morelli’s use of a profanity over an open microphone at Gillette Stadium during Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots. Even so, he and his crew are assigned to Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions.
During a timeout, Morelli left his stadium microphone on while speaking to another official. Those at the stadium — but not at home — could hear Morelli say: “Turned into a pretty good game. But one big hit, this s— could explode.”
In 2013, the league suspended umpire Roy Ellison for a profane and derogatory remark.