Redskins OT Trent Williams has started 49 of the 50 games in his career. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The NFL suspended umpire Roy Ellison one game without pay for using profane and derogatory statements toward Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams, the league announced.
Williams said that Ellison cursed at him during Washington's 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
"When you have a ref come up to while you're at the line, about to run a play and call you a 'garbage a--' and 'disrespectful mother------,' to me, this is a players league, I don't think there's no room for that, to take that from the team and the refs," Williams said, via CSNWashington.com. "I think that's very unprofessional. It sucks. I'm at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into the game to have to have a beef with the refs also."
The National Football League Referees Association released a statement saying they will challenge the ruling.
"The National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) denounced the NFL’s one game suspension of umpire Roy Ellison as a rush to judgment without hearing Ellison’s side of the story." Michael Arnold NFLRA Legal Counsel said. “Roy Ellison is an accomplished 11 year veteran who is highly respected. The NFL imposed its judgment upon him without consideration of all the facts. The decision was arbitrary and unjustified and will be challenged with an immediate grievance.”
FARRAR: Umpire who allegedly swore at Trent Williams had been admonished before
Ellison said that players from both sides had been using bad language all game and also said that Williams called him the n-world. Williams denied that claim.
“If I ever said anything like that to a ref ,and he feels that strongly about the word, that's at least an unsportsmanlike [penalty]," Williams told the Washington Post. "Definitely wouldn't just warrant a tongue-lashing from a guy that's supposed to be the only neutral person on the field and not to feel either way about either team.