The NFL has said they will not tolerate officials cursing at NFL players, and they’ve dropped the hammer on one referee for doing just that last week. After an extensive investigation the league ruled that umpire Roy Ellison did indeed make profane and derogatory statements toward Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams on Sunday, and now Ellison will be disciplined.
The league has announced that Ellison is suspended without pay for one game for using inappropriate language toward Williams:
Umpire Roy Ellison won’t work a game this week. Can return in Week 13. The NFL expects its officials to avoid personal confrontations
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2013
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
It turned out that former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira revealed this wasn’t the first time Ellison had been accused of profane language towards a player. Pereira said Ellison wasn’t disciplined in connection with the first incident because the league had no audio evidence to confirm the claims.