Wil­liams says ref ’s be­hav­ior a ‘trav­esty’

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY BRIAN MCNALLY

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.


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