In the wake of the Redskins-Eagles game this past weekend, Washington tackle Trent Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of using some derogatory language. Following an investigation by the NFL into the matter, Ellison was suspended one game without pay.
This wasn't the first time Ellison has been accused of using of badmouthing players on the field, but it is the first time he has been punished for it, with the league announcing the suspension on Friday afternoon.
Umpire Roy Ellison has been suspended w/o pay for 1 game for profane & derogatory statement to Trent Williams during Wash-Phila game.— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) November 22, 2013
Williams said that Ellison called him a "garbage ass" and a "disrespectful motherf----r."
After Williams made his claim, a report circulated that Williams used a racial slur toward Ellison, who is also an African-American. Williams denied that accusation.
"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 said. "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."
Trash talk doesn't work in between officials and players though, especially when it's offensive and profane. Ellison learned that lesson the hard way.