The NFL has announced the suspension of Roy Ellison, the referee implicated by Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams for verbal abuse on the field. The punishment for Ellison has been a suspension for one game. This certainly suggests that the NFL believes Williams and took action to make sure it does not happen again.
Williams complained after the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that Ellison had made multiple vulgar remarks about him during the game without provocation. This not only causes concern for the concept of fairness within the game and how it is called, but with the size and strength of NFL players, especially someone like Williams, if it escalates, the referee could be seriously hurt while the player who was goaded into action receives a significant penalty from the league.
The most obvious example of this was when referee, Jeff Triplette, inadvertently hit then Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Orlando ‘Zeus’ Brown in the eye with a flag. Brown, enraged as his eye was seriously injured, grabbed Triplette and pushed him to the ground. With his enormous size, it looked like the enormous Brown was going to break Triplette in half and he could have. Brown was ultimately pull away from Triplette but he suffered serious eye issues that plagued him until he ultimately died in 2011. The situation with Brown was different in its context, but had Williams been enraged to point of physical contact, he could have seriously injured Ellison.