NFL Reviewing Trent Williams Allegations Ref Cussed At Him
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The National Football League is reviewing allegations made by Trent Williams that he was cussed at by an official during the Washington Redskins loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
A league spokesperson says it is unclear how long the investigative process will take.
While speaking to members of the media in the locker room after the game, Williams claimed NFL official Roy Ellison referred to him in a derogatory manner during a profanity-laced exchange that included the f-word.
“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.”
Williams’ account has been corroborated by teammates.
Guard Kory Lichtensteiger was wearing a microphone during the game and was in close proximity to Ellison when the incident allegedly occurred. A league spokesperson declined to comment on whether audio captured by the microphone will be reviewed during the investigation.
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.
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.