“When you have a ref come up to while you’re at the line about to run a play and call you, excuse my language, but a ‘garbage (expletive deleted) disrespectful mother (expletive deleted),’ ” said Williams. “To me this is a player’s league. I just don’t think there’s no room for you to have to take that from the team and the refs. I think it’s very unprofessional and it sucks. I’m at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into a game to have to beef with the refs also.”
Williams knew he was speaking to Russini on the record and his account was backed by guard Kory Lichtensteiger.
This is what happened when Michael Phillips of the Times-Dispatch was sent as a pool reporter to speak with referee Walt Coleman about the accusation:
NFL policy allows a pool reporter to speak to the referee about controversial elements of the game. After I requested that, a Philadelphia media relations person led me to the Eagles locker room, to talk with designated pool reporter Reuben Frank.
Because Frank was conducting interviews, the media relations official suggested that I serve the role, and I was escorted to the officials’ locker room.
The security guard said the officials had left, and they were on a bus about 20 yards away. I walked over to the bus, and requested to the driver that he get Walt Coleman, head referee.
Coleman came to the window and asked how he could help me. I repeated Williams’ comments, and asked him to comment on whether that occurred. He said OK, then directed the driver to roll up the window.
After the window of the bus was rolled up, it then began driving and left the facility. No further comment was given.
Yo Holmes, smell ya later.
With the nonsensical hysteria lately over the bullying of grown men football players, this will surely become a story. Apparently, the umpires are mic’d, so the league will be able to check the tape… and, presumably, burn it, if Ellison actually said those things.