The NFL came down hard on referee Roy Ellison after it learned of claims that he had used unsavory language to Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams.
NFL announced Roy Ellison has been suspended one game, minus pay, for profane and derogatory statement to Trent Williams.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 22, 2013
Ellison will miss this week's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, per reports.
— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) November 22, 2013
Williams said after Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that Ellison called him "fat ass garbage" and was berating him throughout the game. Several Redskins teammates backed up Williams' claims, having heard what Ellison said.
Both men are African-American, and Ellison had claimed later this week that Williams had used a racial slur — the N-word — toward him.
The NFL came down on Ellison, but it's not clear if Williams faces any discipline for his role in the situation. But it's clear the league is not happy with this at all.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promoted diversity in NFL hiring issued a statement prior to Ellison's suspension on the use of racial slurs in the league:
“A number of game day officials have brought to our attention the disturbing trend of racial epithets, including the ‘N’ word, being commonly used on the field during games,” the organization said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “... While we understand and respect that different generations have different means of communicating, we cannot condone on any level the use of the ‘N’ word.”
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