Player microphones weren’t on for comments directed to Trent Williams

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As the NFL continues to review the alleged exchange between umpire Roy Ellison and Redskins tackle Trent Williams, there’s an important point to keep in mind regarding the fact that guard Kory Lichtensteiger was wearing a microphone during the game.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Lichtensteiger was wearing a microphone for enhanced ambient audio.  Sound captured that way isn’t recorded by the NFL or by the broadcast network, and the microphone is open only from the time the huddle breaks until the ball is snapped.  At all other times, the microphones are not absorbing sound.

This means that there would not be recorded audio of whatever Ellison said to Williams, at least not from the microphones being worn by the players.

32 responses to “Player microphones weren’t on for comments directed to Trent Williams

  1. This guy always has some sort of gripe after a loss. Reeks of just someone who is a sore loser. Hearing him speak last night, you can tell he’s lying. He’s just tight because they blew it when they had a chance to tie it late.

  2. Does anybody believe Trent Williams??? really? The guy has been suspended for drug issues and character concerns coming into the NFL. He cheap shot another player with his helmet on after a game, gets put in the ER by a 5 foot Hawaiian gangster at the Pro Bowl plus in this game he was having his lunch eaten by Trent Cole.

    RG3 should have been cussing Trent out because he was getting turned into a human pinata.

  3. Its become so fashionable in the league to whine about everything imaginable after every loss.

    Of course its far easier to do that than admit the players on your team are not very good and neither is the coaching staff or their game plan.

  4. How convenient to have them off , sounds like a coverup.
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    Coverup what? a grown man telling another grown man like it is? It may not have been professional but it sure isn’t news worthy either.

  5. The guard/center mic not being on is no surprise, teams were concerned about the actual snap counts being recorded and then analyzed by other teams so it was agreed the mic would only be on at certain times and not recorded.

    That said, there are long range mics on both sides of the field that are operating. The chances of there being no recording is pretty slim.

    The real question in my mind is what did the official say about it? Did he say yes, I said it. Or did he say he didn’t say it? The officials job is based on his integrity, Williams is not.

  6. Trent Williams accusing someone of being unprofessional? Didn’t he punch Richard Sherman in the face after they lost and get kicked out of the pro bowl after a bar fight in Hawaii?

  7. Trent Williams accusing someone of being unprofessional? Didn’t he punch Richard Sherman in the face after they lost and get kicked out of the pro bowl after a bar fight in Hawaii?

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    He mushed Richard Sherman cuz he wouldn’t shut up.

    He didn’t play in the Pro Bowl cuz he got hit in the head with a bottle while trying to break up a bar fight. Everyone there said he was a bystander.

  8. They may not have audio but with all the cameras pointed at the field there has to be video somewhere. Won’t prove what was said but should show if the interactions actually happened.

  9. Everyone knows there is recorded audio everywhere. Just like everyone knows the Seahawks pump sound into the stadium…

    How you lump Seattle into this I have no idea but everyone does NOT know because it’s been checked countless times and it’s never happened. Get a life.

  10. twilson962 says: Nov 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Trent Williams accusing someone of being unprofessional? Didn’t he punch Richard Sherman in the face after they lost and get kicked out of the pro bowl after a bar fight in Hawaii?

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    He mushed Richard Sherman cuz he wouldn’t shut up.

    He didn’t play in the Pro Bowl cuz he got hit in the head with a bottle while trying to break up a bar fight. Everyone there said he was a bystander.
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    He did that because he was bitter because they lost while they had been showboating on the sidelines earlier in the game. Sherman didn’t even say or do anything worthy of that. It was a total sore loser move.

  11. Another deleted recording scandal in Washington!

    Richard N and Rose Mary W are giggling in their afterlives….

  12. While we may never know the truth; the worst-case scenario is that the ref spoke in an unprofessional and inappropriate way to Williams…and he feels the need to complain about it? My god, is it me or do these young NFL linemen act like eight year olds running to mommy when someone uses naughty language? Grow up and move on.

  13. ” the microphone is open only from the time the huddle breaks until the ball is snapped.”

    if I’m not mistaken, this is EXACTLY when the incident SUPPOSEDLY took place. Watching the replay, the skins were headed to the line when it was SUPPOSEDLY said.

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