Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams denies he used inappropriate language suggested in allegations that surfaced in the wake of his claiming umpire Roy Ellison bad-mouthed him during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Also, according to former head of officials Mike Pereira, now with Fox Sports, this is not the first time Ellison has been accused of such a thing.
This controversy began after Sunday's game when Williams said Ellison called him a "garbage ass" and "disrespectful mother(expletive)."
Then, according to John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group formed to promote diversity in hiring in the NFL, Williams was accused of using a racial slur toward Ellison, allegedly reported by other players.
"We haven't talked to Roy," Wooten told the Washington Post. "But we are told that the players, black and white, were saying all types of things back and forth during the game. Roy steps in and says, 'Let's stop this.' Trent says to him, '(Expletive) you, N-word.' By all rights, Roy should have thrown his flag there and said, 'You're gone.' But he didn't. He comes back at Trent with some bad language. Now Roy is wrong, too."
Williams contends he did not say anything inappropriate and if he said what Wooten claimed, then he should have been penalized for it.
"If I ever said anything like that to a ref and he feels that strongly about the word, that's at least an unsportsmanlike (penalty)," Williams told the Post. "Definitely wouldn't just warrant a tongue-lashing from a guy that's supposed to be the only neutral person on the field and not to feel either way about either team.
"There's trash talk. Trash talk is trash talk. You get that in every sport."
The league is reported to be reviewing Williams' claim that Ellison used verbally abusive language.
Meantime, Pereira said Monday that this was not the first time Ellison had been accused of using inappropriate language.
"What concerns me about this is I sat in the same chair that (NFL VP of Officiating) Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating, is sitting in right now, with the same official, Roy Ellison, who years ago allegedly shouted and swore at players, and it was a big issue that I had to deal with," Pereira said on Fox Football Daily.
"I actually had to talk with him in the office to make sure that none of this was going on. So the fact that it has happened twice now with the same individual has to concern the league, and I know they are taking a strong look at this."
Ellison previously was not disciplined because there was no evidence that he had used verbally abusive language.