By Danny Cox
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins is facing discipline from the NFL for his recent incident with an official that ended up leading to his ejection against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the investigation is currently ongoing in the incident, Hall does have his opinion on the matter.
Hall said in a radio interview on Tuesday that the official “was equally at fault.”
The incident at hand came in Sunday’s game against the Steelers when Hall took off his helmet and started berating and chastising head linesman Dana McKenzie. He is scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in which he could face fines and possible suspension.
In an appearance with “LaVar and Dukes” on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Hall stated that the camera angle showing the incident isn’t the best one.
“From that particular camera angle you can’t see what that ref’s saying to me. So it looks like I’m just out there giving him a piece of my mind and he’s smiling and walks away. And that’s not the case at all. He’s dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out,” Hall said.
Hall wants different camera angles so that everything can be witnessed in the conversation with McKenzie. He said that he wants to meet with Goodell so that he can “tell our side of the story, just like them. But me and the ref was equally at fault on the particular play.”
Roger Goodell has been dealing with a lot this season, including the bounty scandal, illegal hits from other players, and appeals happening left and right. He said on Wednesday though that a decision on Hall’s discipline would be coming soon.
“You know, our football operations staff are looking at that. I got a briefing this morning on it. They are going through the process of evaluating and getting all the information and they’ll be making a decision on that either today or tomorrow, I believe,” he said in an appearance on SiriusXM Radio’s “Madden Football” show.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that the incident never should have gotten as out of hand as it did. Shanahan believes that Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders should have been flagged for the “full nelson” wrestling maneuver that he used to put Hall on the ground in the first place.
“There’s no question about it being a foul” on Sanders, Shanahan said.
Hall agreed that Sanders was just as much at fault as well and deserved a flag for what he did to the Redskins’ cornerback. Hall said that as he tried to walk away without incident, Sanders got in his “face and tries to, you know, trash talk. I immediately walk away from him, start talking to the ref.”
There are a number of inconsistencies in this incident that Hall is pointing out including that the Redskins had called a timeout before he took off his helmet. By NFL rule, helmets can be taken off by players, but he still got flagged for it. This whole situation is far from over, and Hall merely wants things to be on an even standing between players and NFL officials.
“It’s not a system in place where … they’re the good cops and we’re the criminals. It has to be an even playing field, a level playing field,” Hall said. “If they want us to go out there and respect them, they have to do the same thing.”
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