*NFL referee Roy Ellison has been suspended without pay for one game for his profane words to Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams during the team’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Williams told Rob Carlin of CSN Washington that Ellison — who he identified by his uniform number — had some shocking words for him during the first half.
“I’m not even talking about a specific call. But when you have a ref come up to you while you’re at the line about to run a play, and call you — excuse my language — but a ‘garbage ass disrespectful mother f***er.’ To me, you know this is a players league. I just don’t think there’s no room for that,” Williams told reporters after the loss. “For you to take that from the team and the refs. I think it’s very unprofessional… It sucks. I’m at a loss for words you know, you never expect that as a player going into the game to have to beef with the refs also.”
Washington guard Kory Lichtensteiger backed up his teammate’s claims about Ellison, telling Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in D.C. that he was wearing a microphone and standing next to Williams when the official cursed at him.
“I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life,” Lichtensteiger said, via John Keim of ESPN. “I don’t know what it was, but that guy came out with some kind of vendetta. I don’t have a lot else to say, but I heard that comment.”
Washington’s quarterback Robert Griffin III also heard the comment, which took place when Ellison attempted to stop players on each side from using foul language toward one another. Ellison claims it was at this time Williams hurled profanity and a racial slur at him first.
However, Mark Maske of The Washington Post quoted an anonymous source this afternoon in reporting that Williams is “not likely” to receive disciplinary action for his alleged racial slur toward Ellison. Not only does Williams deny using profanity or slurs toward the umpire, but according to John Keim of ESPN, Williams claimed that Ellison started the confrontation by cursing at him first.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Ellison has been accused of using offensive language toward a player. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports reported that he has a history of these types of incidents, although he was never punished due to lack of evidence.
Below, Trent Williams discusses the incident.