Posted November 22, 2013

NFL official Roy Ellison suspended 1 game for using profane language towards Redskins’ Trent Williams

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Redskins tackle Trent Williams has started 49 of the 50 games he has appeared in his career. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Image

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.


21 comments
inthepresent
inthepresent

i think they should be forced to sing "you are my sunshine" together. 



rh2000
rh2000

If you want both sides of the story I guess you will need to mic up the Ref's???  

That way they can record the abuse I am sure they endure from the players.  It is a two way street but only if one side or the other gets caught.

Kind of like politics right now.

pmcode
pmcode

So, when do the players start getting their suspensions for doing the same thing?

Look at the tape between Brady and the ref at the end of the Panthers game....No way in heck Brady didn't cuss at that Ref.......

riley8
riley8

2 sides to every story.  We only have 1 which means something is missing.

CalTony
CalTony

A one game suspension seems generous. He has had a history of this. You are getting paid to be an official. I can't believe he does not have the self-control, discipline or composure for this job.  This would not be tolerated in any other work place. There are far too many people waiting for a chance to be an NFL official; this clown should not be coddled or pampered, and given a time-out. Grow up, you idiot.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

I guess in the NFL you dont hear both sides of the story, since they (NFL) didnt hear the Refs side........

6marK6
6marK6

The  job of the referee is to be an impartial observer and enforcer of the rules. He is not supposed to be emotionally involved in the game or adversarial with players. If you are too stupid to see where this referee went wrong, well, you are too stupid.

gyffes
gyffes

Williams was mic'd -- this whole thing has got to be on tape. Ellison either is lying or not, but you gotta think if Williams did say anything like that to him, Ellison would've T'd him up so fast (ok, so it's a bb term, concept applies)...

Ellison's lying, can't have that in a ref, pure and simple. He should find another line of work.

swededawg52
swededawg52

Shame on you for hurting the feelings of a 320 lb man who I am sure never has uttered such language to an opposing player much less an official.  The chikification of the American male continues and now with the big, strong NFL  supposid men caving into touch football, manhood is done in America.  We've all been bullied and we cannot cope.  

Jim21
Jim21

From what I understand, this is the Ref's second offense for this type of thing. The Ref obviously can't separate himself from the from the situation and call the games objectively. He should be banned. Period. 

Rob14
Rob14

Do you think that he was talking like that to Trent Williams and then called a fair game in regards to Williams' play the rest of the game?  I do not think so.  I think if he was mad enough to start cursing the guy out, he probably gave him zero benefit of the doubt the remainder of that game, and therefore, isnt worthy of being an official at all, on any level.  He has zero credibility in my eyes as a ref.

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

Odd choice of photo - why are we seeing a pic of Williams instead of Ellison? 

Macheen
Macheen

Perhaps Williams (the player) said something more definitive than what is reported above, but his quote doesn't read like a denial to me.

inthepresent
inthepresent

@riley8 geometry and algebra weren't my strong points, but this equation i got. 

thank you for this. i needed the shot of confidence. 

rh2000
rh2000

@6marK6   I agree with what you are saying.   Don't care for the name calling but that's your choice.  

The ref should not be speaking much if at all to the players. 

I will tell you tho!  if I were a referee and the players started running off at the mouth that yellow flag would be coming out every time.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@swededawg52 Another faux tough guy who completely misses the point.  It's not about the language the ref used, it's about whether Ellison has a pattern of behavior that affects his impartiality.

Canuck
Canuck

@Macheen It wouldn't surprise me at all if you are correct.  But the fact t is, the NFL (like all leagues in all sports) has very clear-cut rules about players abusing officials.  

If Williams shot his mouth off, all Ellison had to do was step back and throw his flag.  Instant 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (and possibly even an ejection of the player if the situation was flagrant enough), and that would have been the end of it.  In other words, simply handle the situation professionally.  There would have been no controversy at all.  Instead, by lowering himself to the same level of trash-talking that the player(s) might have been engaging in, he brought discredit on himself, his fellow officials, and the league itself.

Michael50
Michael50

@Macheen Denial or not, Williams has a point. If he had used language like that used against him, I believe he would have received an unsportsmanlike penalty. The fact that he did not receive such a penalty gives his version credibility.

AlanPolonsky
AlanPolonsky

@Michael50 @Macheen No, it does not give his account any credibility at all.  

It means the Ref was stupid to descend to that level. He should have called a penalty. He didn't; shame on him. He deserves his suspension.

But if Williams used that language to the Ref, shame on him too and he should be suspended also.