Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Steelers for a confrontation with an official, and he likely faces a hefty fine. But Hall says any discipline he faces should be handed out to the official as well.
Hall said on 106.7 The Fan that head linesman Dana McKenzie was giving just as good as he got in their verbal exchange. It sure didn’t look that way on TV — it looked like Hall was screaming in McKenzie’s face and sticking his finger about an inch from McKenzie’s nose, and that McKenzie was showing admirable restraint — but Hall said the TV angles were deceiving.
“From that particular camera angle you can’t see what that ref’s saying to me,” Hall said, via the Washington Post. “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 he’s hoping to show the league office a different angle of the incident before the league determines any punishment.
“It was just a back and forth between me and that particular ref,” Hall said. “And I can’t go into too many details because it’s still under review. But that’s kind of how it took place. If you look at the TV copy, you can only see me. That’s why we’re trying to get other copies and other angles so you can see both sides. But me and the ref was equally at fault on that particular play.”
Hall also indicated that he wants the league office to consider what kind of person he is.
“I’m not a criminal. I’ve never been in trouble with the law. I’m a great guy. Like I said, off the field I’m a different person, you know what I mean, than I am on the field,” Hall said. “We’re just trying to get every point of view, make sure we get as much proof as possible that happened in that situation and bring it to the forefront so we can come up with the right solution handed down to both sides.”
Hall was upset that Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders took a shot at him and wasn’t flagged for it, and Hall says he’s also upset about the way the officials treat him.
“Nobody is going out there trying to bully the referees and likewise, they shouldn’t be out there trying to bully us,” Hall said.
Hall is right that the officials shouldn’t try to bully the players. But it sure didn’t look like the official in question was trying to bully Hall. It looked like the official was doing his job, and Hall was acting like a jerk.