Shanahan says he’s spoken to NFL about ref

Updated: November 21, 2013, 8:42 AM ET


By
John Keim | ESPN.com


ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he spoke with the NFL over the alleged comments umpire Roy Ellison said to left tackle Trent Williams during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But Williams said he’s not confident the NFL will do anything, though the league has said any investigation could take a while. Williams accused Ellison of calling him a “garbage-ass, disrespectful, m—–f—–” in the second quarter Sunday.

Shanahan said he spoke with vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, but declined to provide specifics. Shanahan also said they discussed other issues.

“To what extent they’re going to investigate, I really don’t know,” Shanahan said.

Williams said he has not been contacted by the NFL.

“I don’t expect to hear from them,” Williams said. “Probably sweep it under the rug. That’s my opinion.”

Former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said on “Fox Football Daily” earlier this week that when he was in charge there was a similar accusation about Ellison.

“I’ve had people hit me up the past few days saying they had the same experiences with him,” Williams said, referring to players around the NFL.

And he said whatever he had said during the game did not warrant such a response.

“If I said something to that nature to him, it’s at least a flag or I’m thrown out of the game,” Williams said. “I never said anything like that to a referee.”

  • Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
  • Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns

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