Trent Williams denies using racial slur towards official

Rob Carr

Trent Williams denies using a racial slur towards the official who reportedly used derogatory language towards Williams during the Redskins' game against the Eagles last Sunday.

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams denies that he directed a racial slur towards NFL official Roy Ellison during last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Post reports.

Williams claimed after the game that Ellison used derogatory language, calling Williams a "garbage a** disrespectful mother f*****." John Wooten, chairman at the Fritz Pollard Association, claimed after the game that Williams uttered a racial slur at Ellison to provoke Ellison's colorful language.

Wooten said that Ellison should have penalized or ejected Williams instead of retaliating.

"We haven't talked to Roy. But we are told that the players, black and white, were saying all types of things back and forth during the game," Wooten said in a telephone interview. "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 vehemently denies directing comments towards Ellison. He reiterated Wooten's sentiments that if he did utter a racial slur towards a referee, he should have been punished.

"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]. 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 Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works with the NFL to address diversity issues, claims a "disturbing trend" of games during which racial epithets are being used, perhaps especially the "N" word. Ellison was reportedly trying to curb the use of colorful language during the game, before using an unwise choice of words himself.

More from SB Nation NFL

Breaking Madden: The return of Tecmo Bo Jackson | More

2014 NFL mock draft: How high should Johnny Football go?

Pay to play: Why we support public funding

RG3 and why we can't have nice things

Uffsides: Offbeat Week 12 NFL previews | NFL expert picks for Week 12

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.