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Ellison’s appeal won’t be heard before Sunday

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Umpire Roy Ellison has been suspended for Sunday’s action, and he has filed an appeal.

As explained by Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the appeal hearing won’t happen before Sunday, which means that Ellison won’t work this week.

Ellison was suspended for using derogatory language toward Redskins tackle Trent Williams.  Williams claims that Ellison called Williams a “garbage-ass, disrespectful mutherf–ker.”  The NFL Referees Association contends that Ellison’s comments were provoked by Williams saying, “F–k you” to Ellison, along with the “N” word.

As Peter King of TheMMQB.com explained on Friday night’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, umpire Rich Hall will replace Ellison.  Hall works on the crew led by Ed Hochuli, which is off this week.

While the appeal process may be futile, given that Commissioner Roger Goodell has the final say, why not let Ellison work until the decision is final?  There’s no reason to rush to impose a suspension that may be overturned, especially when Ellison can always be suspended for a game later in the regular season.

Sure, Ellison will get paid for the game if he wins the appeal.  Why not let him get paid to work until the process if final?

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11 Responses to “Ellison’s appeal won’t be heard before Sunday”
  1. boogymanoflamancha says: Nov 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    Hope they are also looking into Williams alleged comments…and if they are true I’d say Ellison was justified with his response

  2. 1bbfan says: Nov 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    Why wont Williams be punished? Does not sound fair to me. Ellis could have tossed him out of the game,but he didnt.

  3. 7mantel says: Nov 23, 2013 3:18 PM

    He should be happy he only got one game ! Anywhere else he’d be on the unemployment line !

  4. quarterbackjudge says: Nov 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    I see……………

  5. sgtr0c says: Nov 23, 2013 3:36 PM

    If he wins the appeal, would T Williams have to answer for what he said? Maybe a fine or suspension?

  6. Ferdinand says: Nov 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    What made him decide to appeal after already publicly announcing he wouldn’t?

  7. aldavisisthenfl says: Nov 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    If your story is factual, then the ref should be paid his suspended game check plus Williams’ game check from the incident in question……

    What if a white player called the ref the N word?

    Friggin” Al Sharpton would be there in a second…

  8. mackcarrington says: Nov 23, 2013 5:19 PM

    You are correct Florio. In baseball, suspended players continue to play until their appeal process is complete. I know Ellison is not a player, but it would still make sense. Also I can’t help but notice how Bud Selig doesn’t take part in the appeal process, while Goodell thinks “it’s good to be the king”.

  9. d111981 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:33 PM

    I’m guessing players cussing at refs takes place every Sunday. That being said, if Williams used the n word, he crossed the line. The question is, who said what first. This isn’t the first time this ref was alleged to have made derogatory comments to a player.

  10. boyshole25 says: Nov 23, 2013 7:51 PM

    I’m sure Williams was innocent here. Typical entitled athlete that talks crap gets it back and can’t take it. And this is coming from a huge skins fan

  11. osiris33 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:14 PM

    “Yeah should be allowed to continue working and get paid until all the facts are known.”

    – Sincerely,

    Ritchie Incognito

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