Now, according to John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group formed to promote diversity in hiring in the NFL, Williams is accused of using a racial slur towards Ellison.
“We haven't talked to Roy," Wooten told the Washington Post. "But we are told that the players, black and white, were saying all types of things back and forth during the game. Roy steps in and says, ‘Let's stop this.' Trent says to him, ‘[Expletive] you, N-word.' By all rights, Roy should have thrown his flag there and said, ‘You're gone.' But he didn't. He comes back at Trent with some bad language. Now Roy is wrong, too.”
Williams denies the allegation.
“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 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.
“There's trash talk. Trash talk is trash talk. You get that in every sport."
According to officials, the league is reviewing Williams' claim that Ellison used verbally abusive language.
On Monday, former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira said this wasn't the first time Ellison had been accused of using inappropriate language.
"What concerns me about this is I sat in the same chair that [NFL VP of Officiating] Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating, is sitting in right now, with the same official, Roy Ellison, who years ago allegedly shouted and swore at players, and it was a big issue that I had to deal with,” Pereira said on FOX Football Daily.
“I actually had to talk with him in the office to make sure that none of this was going on. So the fact that it has happened twice now with the same individual has to concern the league, and I know they are taking a strong look at this."
Ellison previously wasn't disciplined because there was no evidence that he had used verbally abusive language.