The NFL has taken an unprecedented step and fired official Hugo Cruz in the middle of the season, according to ESPN.
Cruz, who last worked in Week 6, is no longer an NFL employee for “performance reasons.” He was responsible for a controversial missed false start call by Chargers left tackle Russell Okung on a scoring play when Los Angeles went on to win the matchup 38-14 over the Browns.
Cruz did not work in Week 7 and the other reason as to why Cruz was fired have not been revealed, the report notes.
The NFL has fired down judge Hugo Cruz, who missed a clear false start on #Chargers OT Russell Okung in Week 6, per @footballzebras. This is the first time in the Super Bowl era that the NFL has fired an official in the middle of the regular season.pic.twitter.com/cmLpOD7BKC
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 25, 2018
The NFL hasn’t ever fired an official in-season during the Super Bowl era because of performance, according to FootballZebras.com.
The league grades officials based on their performance on every play of every game, ESPN notes. But officials are usually evaluated on a yearly basis and have security in their role — at least through the course of the season.