Bill Belichick: ‘I don’t understand why T.Y. Hilton wasn’t ejected’

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Tempers flared during a physical game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Saturday in Week 15.

In the third quarter, safety Kyle Dugger and Colts receiver Michael Pittman got into an altercation. Pittman shoved Dugger, who retaliated as a result. It appeared that Dugger pulled off Pittman’s helmet, and the receiver retaliated once again. Both players were ejected as a result of the incident.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Belichick felt another Colts player should have been ejected over an incident involving a referee. Indianapolis wide receiver T. Y. Hilton appeared to bump an official.

This drew the ire of Belichick, via NESN.com’s Dakota Randall.

“Bottom line is both players got ejected. I would say I understand that, whether I agree with it or not. That’s a whole other discussion. I don’t understand why T.Y. Hilton wasn’t ejected for contacting an official; intentionally or unintentionally, that has no bearing on the play. And those plays are reviewable and are reviewed. So, I don’t understand that one. You’d have to talk to the officials about that — they’re the ones that made the call.”

With the loss, the Patriots dropped to the third seed in the AFC. Now, they will face the Buffalo Bills, as they look to bounce back from a rough night in Indianapolis.

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