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NFL suspends umpire Roy Ellison for conduct toward Trent Williams

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NFL umpire Roy Ellison did indeed make profane and derogatory statements toward Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams on Sunday, and now Ellison will be disciplined.

The league has announced that Ellison is suspended without pay for one game for using inappropriate language toward Williams.

The suspension comes after Williams said following Sunday’s game that Ellison had called him “garbage [expletive] disrespectful [expletive]” during the game. Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira revealed this week that it wasn’t the first time Ellison had been accused of abusive language toward players, and that Pereira himself had previously warned Ellison that it better not happen again.

When it did happen again, the NFL had no choice but to act. And now Ellison will sit this week out.

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53 Responses to “NFL suspends umpire Roy Ellison for conduct toward Trent Williams”
  1. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Nov 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    should’ve been canned.

  2. thepftpoet says: Nov 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Redskins should be fined $100,000 for sucking

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 22, 2013 4:27 PM

    Did the NFL say if this will happen again with Ellison or what happens if it does?

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    They told Roy to sit his “fat [expletive] on the bench for awhile, and be a more respectful [expletive] in the future.”.

  5. blowpackblow says: Nov 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    I wish Goodell would suspend himself

  6. qdog112 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:30 PM


  7. negativten says: Nov 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    I would rather have them cussing my team out up and down for 60 minutes as opposed to them making a call that impacts the outcome of the game (or the season).Lets start suspending those officials

  8. jazsrt says: Nov 22, 2013 4:32 PM

    Wish they would do this for blown calls.

  9. glenuendo says: Nov 22, 2013 4:34 PM

    It’s good to see refs being held accountable for their actions.

  10. taintedlombardis says: Nov 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Wow. Did not see that coming. If he lets his emotions get the best of him that easily, how can we trust him to call a game impartially?

  11. chut26 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Wonder if the NFL will discipline coaches for saying 100x’s worse things to refs?

  12. pem34 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:37 PM

    So, Brady cusses out official on national tv on camera…no fine.

    Trent Williams says an official says something who in turn says Williams also said something – during game when everyone acknowledges there are curse words thrown around all day and there is no audio (let alone audio and video) – the official gets suspended.

  13. twilson962 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Should I be banned from FedEx Field Monday night, cuz I’ve cussed out Trent numerous times this year.

  14. 106reasons says: Nov 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    One game. One stinking game?! Wow.

    The NFL needs to realize that people are already highly skeptical that referees are A) competent and B) impartial.

    There’s no way Ellison can ever be considered impartial again. Every call he makes or doesn’t make will be questionable. Being an NFL ref REQUIRES being beyond reproach — something now impossible for Ellison — and so yes, he should have been permanently banned from the NFL.

  15. mogogo1 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Assuming this means he’s never going to do another Redskins game? Because the risks of him taking revenge with a bunch of phantom flags would be huge.

  16. jaxbeachjagfan says: Nov 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    Has anyone checked with his teammates to indeed confirm if Williams is “garbage [expletive] disrespectful [expletive]”? I’m no lawyer, but Ump may have a case. It’s not slander if it true, right Flo’rio?

  17. cupquest says: Nov 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    All he told him was that he was a friggan disgrace and embarrassing himself by letting Trent Cole manhandle him like a little [expletive] all game.

  18. chinahand11 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:43 PM

    Everyone deserves a second chance, IMHO. Hopefully Ellison will do a better job monitoring his mouth and emotions.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:44 PM

    Still not why your team lost, Trent.

    And now you’re a snitch on top of being proven in the past to be another word that rhymes with snitch.

    Good work.

  20. lakedog19352 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    I wish this guy would ref a Dallas game and yell at my Cowboys like that because Jason Garrett sure as hell wont…

  21. kingpel says: Nov 22, 2013 4:46 PM

    I have no problem with them suspending him for a game, but you cant allow players curse at officials either.

  22. phinatic29 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:49 PM

    Trent Williams should get a $50K bonus for every time he smokes Richard Sherman upside the head.


  23. ickabod665 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:49 PM

    He would have gotten a 2 game suspension if not for the fact that he was right.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 22, 2013 4:51 PM

    So if the official would’ve cussed back at Brady he’d be out a game too?

  25. bobsnygiants says: Nov 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    suspend him for the season, double standed. look at Miami

  26. cupquest says: Nov 22, 2013 4:55 PM

    I’m not totally convinced NBC didn’t swap out Roy with Keenan Thompson before kickoff. That would explain everything.

  27. seattlelibtard says: Nov 22, 2013 4:57 PM

    Being a ref is a tough thankless job. Players are allowed to cuss at the refs, and the refs just have to take it.

    How many of you armchair quarterbacks think you could handle being harassed by players and fans without saying anything back? Ya, I didn’t think so.

  28. douglasgreenbriar says: Nov 22, 2013 4:57 PM

    They should start suspending referees for blowing calls that change the outcomes of games as opposed to cursing at people who probably need to be cursed at.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    phinatic29 says: Nov 22, 2013 4:49 PM

    Trent Williams should get a $50K bonus for every time he smokes Richard Sherman upside the head.


    It was a rhymes with snitch move.

  30. finsguy says: Nov 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    Thank God Ellsion isn’t white. We would never hear the end of it.

  31. nmdolphan says: Nov 22, 2013 5:04 PM

    Incognito thinks this ref needs to be suspended with BULLYING for 4 games w/o pay…….

    JMart has called Trent Williams to offer a fellow bullying VICTIM his condolences and his teddy bear!


  32. falcons999 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:05 PM

    Guess he’ll have to pick up an extra shift at Walmart.

  33. balzer41 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    So they’ll suspend a ref for talking inappropriately, but they won’t suspend them when they can’t do the job they were hired to do. There have been some epically bad officiated games this season and none of them ever get suspended. Ron Winters and his crew should have been fired yrs. ago. That guy is so bad, the NFL should be embarrassed to employ him.

  34. budmanjim says: Nov 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    What a joke.. The NFL, aka, King Roger, is acting so sanctimonious… Do they, the NFL, expect us mere mortals to believe that all the dialogue on a football field is of the choirboy ilk?? Come on man!!!

  35. badmoonrison says: Nov 22, 2013 5:53 PM

    Haha, finally some discipline towards the blind zebras! I love it! Now if the NFL could just start to suspend them for blown or bad calls. I bet if Goodell instituted a policy like that, take away a game check or nail em with a fine, you’d NEVER have any officiating controversies. Its getting worse and worse, almost every week. Threaten the refs where it hurts-their pocketbook!

  36. bearwithjetpack says: Nov 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    Unbelievable that this guy didn’t get fired. How are we supposed to trust a man who cusses out certain players to call an unbiased game?

    But judging by the flag on Ahmad Brooks versus the no flag on Matt Ryan taking a forearm to the head, the NFL doesn’t really care about unbiased officiating.

  37. altaratz says: Nov 22, 2013 5:57 PM

    blowpackblow says:
    Nov 22, 2013 4:29 PM
    I wish Goodell would suspend himself
    Goodell wouldn’t have anything to do with this suspension you idiot. I wish Goodell could suspend you as a fan.

  38. stubbs156 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:03 PM


    According to earlier stories there is audio of the incident. I read that the skins had all linemen mic’d for the game. I don’t think they’d suspend the guy if it was all heresay. I hope the audio is released.

  39. vaphinfan says: Nov 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    He should be banned for life for hurting the players feelings. Goodell should suspend himself.

  40. thelastbesthope says: Nov 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    But…the ump was right.

  41. achordbw says: Nov 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    Brady to official: F’ you!…. Nothing
    Official : f’ you back .. Suspension.. Absurd

  42. skins1970 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:04 PM


    Redskins 3 SBs Vikings 0 that is all.

  43. drelms says: Nov 22, 2013 6:15 PM

    So a black ref is benched for calling a spade a spade then?

  44. don2074978 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:20 PM

    In addition to the one game I doubt he’s going to get a post-season game. He could also not be asked back for next season.

  45. PCa Survivor says: Nov 22, 2013 6:24 PM

    seattlelibtard says: Nov 22, 2013 4:57 PM

    Being a ref is a tough thankless job. Players are allowed to cuss at the refs, and the refs just have to take it.

    How many of you armchair quarterbacks think you could handle being harassed by players and fans without saying anything back? Ya, I didn’t think so.

    Great point.

    I jokingly tell people that if I had known that officiating is more about people management than it is simply learning the rules and making calls, I wouldn’t have ever gotten into refereeing. But the hardest thing about officiating, IMHO, is keeping your cool when others around you have lost theirs. Yes, it’s tough to simply “take an earful.” But officials have their own tools for dealing with it. Losing your cool and cursing out a player is not in the officials’ toolkit. Assuming since there was a suspension that he is guilty, he deserved to be suspended. Hopefully he learns and, in the future, finds a better way to deal with angry and emotional players.

  46. legionofboom88 says: Nov 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    Really? The league is just so soft these days. Trent can punch Richard Sherman in the face with no consequence, but when he whines about being called some “mean words” by an official, he can’t take it. I rather see the players who complain about referees cussing get suspended than the referees themselves. This is a violent sport. There will be offensive language.

  47. bamsky says: Nov 22, 2013 7:38 PM

    This lockout must end! We all SCREAMED for the replacements to go….is this really what we wanted???

  48. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:55 PM

    Glad Goodell acted. Refs are an almost unchecked authority figure at all levels.

    Btw, he was not suspended for cursing, but for calling someone a # twice. If NFL players said the same thing back to the refs…oh say to the head ref when his mic was on… he would be punished too.

    I agree that they should be fined or something for blown calls, too

  49. spthegr8 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:54 PM

    Great job Trent. Now don’t complain when you get called for every ticky tack violation

  50. ridgebak says: Nov 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    Can they suspend tony corrente while they’re at it?

  51. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 22, 2013 9:08 PM

    Naw, I agree w Trent Williams. Refs shouldn’t be calling out players, what the Hell is that?? Bizzarre, that’s what… This ain’t High School, refs should NOT be offering up criticism/talking smack at players!

  52. drbob117 says: Nov 23, 2013 1:49 AM

    I have no problem with suspending Ellison ,but I’m a little concerned that Pereira’s story about Ellison’s conduct seemed almost to be gospel for the league. There is no problem with him sharing the story with the viewers,after all that’s his job,but the league doesn’t have the right to use it as a ‘second ‘ act. After all, there could be an impropriety due to the way Pereira feels about some refs as opposed to others if Blandino chooses to use Pereira’s take in order to administer discipline.

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:15 PM

    Trent: “Aldon Smith called me bad names, that’s why he beat me for several sacks. Suspend him pweeeze.”

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