PHILADELPHIA – Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said umpire Roy Ellison directed derogatory comments toward him at the end of the second quarter of the team’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Williams said Ellison referred to him as a “garbage a—, disrespectful m–—f–—” on the drive right before halftime. Several teammates vouched for Williams, while others cautioned him not to repeat the comments to the media for fear he’d be fined.
“I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life,” said left guard Kory Lichtensteiger. “I mean, these guys – I don’t know what it was, but that guy came out with some sort of a vendetta. I don’t really have a whole lot else to say, but I just wanted to say that I heard that comment.”
Pool reporter Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch attempted to locate Ellison after the game and was pointed toward the officials’ bus. Referee Walt Coleman, when read Williams’ comments, acknowledged what Phillips said and instructed the driver of the bus to roll up the windows.
An NFL spokesman, when reached by e-mail, said the league office wouldn’t have a response to the matter on Sunday night.
Ellison has been an umpire since 2003, and was part of the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
Asked why an official would say such a thing, Williams said he didn’t know. He said he did not respond because he didn’t want to “disrespect him like he did to me.”
“Psychologically, you got to think you’re going against the refs,” Williams said. “You can’t play the refs. At the end of the day, they got the last call. That flag come out of their pocket. It’s their choice to pick it up or not. It’s a helpless feeling.”