Williams Claims NFL Ref Called Him ‘Garbage’ In Profanity-Laced Exchanged
Update: Nov. 18, 2013 9:18 a.m.
Original: Nov. 17, 2013 5:31 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA (CBSDC) — Trent Williams is levying a serious accusation against NFL umpire Roy Ellison following the Washington Redskins loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The left tackle says Ellison referred to him in a derogatory manner during a profanity-laced exchange that included the f-word.
Video purportedly of the of the alleged exchange has been posted online. The video clearly shows Williams, Niles Paul and Robert Griffin III reacting to something being said by the official during the second quarter. However, only the television announcers are audible in the clip and not sound from the field.
Williams reportedly identified Ellison by his number in speaking to the media in the locker room after the game.
“When you have a ref come up to while you’re at the line about to run a play and call you, excuse my language, but a ‘garbage (expletive deleted) disrespectful mother (expletive deleted),’ ” said Williams. “To me this is a player’s league. I just don’t think there’s no room for you to have to take that from the team and the refs. I think it’s very unprofessional and it sucks. I’m at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into a game to have to beef with the refs also.”
As Williams continued to answer questions about the alleged exchange, wide receiver Pierre Garcon began yelling for his teammate to stop talking about the refs because his comments were likely to draw a fine from the NFL.
Williams responded by saying he hopes Ellison gets fined as well.
Guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who corroborated Williams’ account, was wearing a microphone during the game and was in close proximity to Ellison when the incident allegedly occurred according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen. Audio from the captured from Lichtensteiger’s microphone will likely be reviewed by the league.
NFL referee Walt Coleman declined to respond to pool reporter Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch when asked about the incident.
Ellison has been official in the NFL since 2003.