Goodell said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the league is in the process of determining discipline for Hall, who was ejected from the Redskins’ game against the Steelers after screaming at an official.
“There’s respect for people who are playing the game, coaching the game and officiating the game. It’s critical that we have that,” Goodell said, via CSNWashington.com. “It’s not only respect for the game and the people who are involved, but also sportsmanship. We want to make sure that we maintain that. That’s not what football is about.”
Hall was angry because Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t penalized for taking what Hall thought was a cheap shot. But Goodell indicated that Hall is the one who’s going to be penalized after the league is done reviewing the incident.
“Our football operations staff are looking at that,” Goodell said. “I got a briefing this morning on it. They’re going through the process of evaluating, getting all of the information, and they’ll be making a decision on that either today or tomorrow, I believe.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said this week that Hall could be suspended for his actions, although that seems unlikely at this point because if the NFL is going to suspend a player, it usually announces the suspension early in the week to give the team time to prepare not to have the player. So it’s more likely that Hall will face a fine.
“We have very strong rules in this area and we’re going to enforce them aggressively,” Goodell said.
From the way Goodell is talking, it sounds like Hall’s fine will be a big one.