Tony Corrente's Meltdown a Black Eye for NFL Refs, League

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst INovember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Referee Tony Corrente and Linesman John McGrath talk during a time out in the second half of the game between the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers on September 30, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Jets 34-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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During the Miami Dolphins game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9, NFL referee Tony Corrente gave us a glimpse inside a referee huddle. 

Though what was uttered wasn't ultra offensive, what he said to his officiating colleague and the anger in his voice made many viewers cringe. 

Sure, many probably weren't offended by Corrente's comment, but it wasn't exactly something parents want their kids hearing when watching the NFL. 

Microphones on the field often provide an insightful look as to how passionate players and coaches are in the NFL, but this time, the league probably wished the referee's outburst wasn't picked up by the local network's mics. 

This isn't the most egregious use of profanity ever recorded in the NFL, but it may have turned a lot of parents off from watching contests with their children in the future.

No longer will the public see professional referees as innocent, non-aggressive officials.

Although we should probably assume that NFL refs have anger slips from time-to-time, we haven't seen or heard something of his nature in recent memory. 

There's a chance Corrente moves on without punishment from the league, but don't be surprised if the NFL issues a statement apologizing for his quasi-meltdown. 

It won't have a major affect on the NFL's popularity, but it's certainly a black eye for the league and the officials for which we all yearned for at the beginning of the season.