NFL suspends official for one game for remarks to Washington’s Trent Williams
The league suspended an official Roy Ellison for one game without pay for using profanity in an exchange with Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams during a game Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Washington Post and The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The league suspended an official for one game for using profanity in an exchange with Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams during a game Sunday in Philadelphia.
Greg Aiello, NFL senior vice president of communications, wrote Friday on Twitter that umpire Roy Ellison had been suspended without pay for one game for making a “profane [and] derogatory statement to Trent Williams.”
Ellison was not available to comment. Williams declined to comment.
The NFL will not discipline Williams, according to a person familiar with the league’s review.
Williams was accused Thursday by a diversity group that works with the league of directing a racial slur and profanity at Ellison. Williams denied using a slur and previously said Ellison cursed at him during the game.
Williams said after the game Sunday he had been verbally abused by Ellison, identifying the official by his jersey No. 81.
Williams said Ellison called him a “garbage [expletive], disrespectful [expletive].”
John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said Thursday that Ellison responded to a slur by Williams by directing a profanity at the Pro Bowl left tackle, although he mentioned a different profanity than the one cited by Williams. Wooten said Ellison called Williams an “ungrateful [expletive].”
Wooten said in a telephone interview Williams directed a profanity and a racial slur at Ellison after Ellison intervened to attempt to stop players from both teams from using abusive language at each other. Ellison responded with profanity aimed at Williams, Wooten said. Both Williams and Ellison are African-American.
Williams, 25, said Thursday he “never directed any derogatory statement toward any referee.”
The National Football League Referees Association issued a statement saying it will file a grievance, contending the suspension was a rush to judgment.
Incognito, Wells meet again
DAVIE, Fla. – Suspended Miami guard Richie Incognito met with league special investigator Ted Wells for a second consecutive day to discuss the team’s bullying scandal.
On Thursday, Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance hearing challenging the suspension until Wells completes his investigation. In a statement, Incognito said he would cooperate fully, with a goal of rejoining the Dolphins.
Tackle Jonathan Martin alleges he was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito. Martin left the team Oct. 28.
Incognito was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team Nov. 3 and will miss his third consecutive game Sunday when the Dolphins play the Carolina Panthers.
• Denver receiver Wes Welker is listed as “probable” for Sunday’s game against New England but Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio sounded certain Welker — who left a game last weekend with a concussion — will play against his former team.
“If you had the ‘definitely will go’ category, he’d probably be on there, too,” Del Rio said.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without starting linebacker Mason Foster — a former Washington Husky — on Sunday at Detroit because of a concussion suffered in last weekend’s victory over Atlanta, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
• San Francisco signed cornerback Tramaine Brock, 25, to a $16 million, four-year contract extension. The deal includes $7 million in guaranteed money.
• Washington cornerback E.J. Biggers has been fined $21,000 by the league for a helmet-on-helmet hit on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson on Sunday.