Referee accused of swearing at Trent Williams allegedly swore at players before

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The alleged incident between a referee and Trent Williams isn't the first time the referee has been accused of swearing at a player.

Roy Ellison, the umpire who Trent Williams said called him a "garbage a*** disrespectful motherf*****" during Washington's game on Sunday has been accused of swearing at players in the past.

Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating and current rules analyst for FOX Sports, said Ellison was accused of swearing at a player when Pereira was the VP of officiating. Pereira, who made the claim during an episode of Fox Football Daily, said there was no proof and instead it was a he said, she said situation.

The NFL could have proof this time around, as Pereira said the offensive linemen were wearing microphones and there is a chance the league could have audio of the alleged incident. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported NFL security is looking into the claims. Pereira called a suspension "likely" if the NFL is able to prove Williams' claims.

Washington offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger said he heard the comments. He said he was wearing a microphone and Ellison's comments would be audible on the recording. Head referee Walt Coleman refused to answer questions about the incident after the game.

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