Williams says ref ’s behavior a ‘travesty’
PHILADELPHIA | The Washington Redskins were whistled for only four penalties in Sunday’s crippling 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But offensive lineman Trent Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of cursing him late in the first half.
Williams claimed that on the final Redskins’ drive of the second quarter, as the two teams lined up for a snap, Ellison used a pair of expletives toward him that included the words “garbage” and “disrespectful.” Teammate Kory Lichtensteiger verified the strong claim even after teammates yelled at Williams to stop talking lest he incur a serious fine from the NFL.
“They got 11 on the field and then we got to play against the refs and we’re outnumbered,” Williams said. “It’s a travesty, week in and week out.”
Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expressed frustration at what he saw as uncalled holding penalties in last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
A pool reporter dispatched to speak with referee Walt Coleman spoke briefly with him on the officials’ bus, received a brief “OK” when he was told of Williams’ accusations before the door shut and the bus drove away.