The NFL fined – but did not suspend – cornerback DeAngelo Hall for his altercation with an official during the final minutes of Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh, a source said Thursday evening.
Hall did not physically contact the official, so a suspension always was unlikely. He and the official exchanged words after Hall took exception to how Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders took him down by the helmet on a fourth-quarter running play.
Hall has not discussed the incident publicly with Redskins media, but he did on Tuesday during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan.
“From [the television] camera angle you can’t see what that ref’s saying to me,” Hall said. “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.”
Coach Mike Shanahan said he believes the incident could have been avoided if the official had penalized Sanders for the takedown.
“We’re not suggesting that everyone is going to agree with every officiating call on the field, but there’s a way to do that and there’s a way not to do it,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “And we have very strong rules in this area, and we’re going to enforce them aggressively.”
This incident would likely earn Hall harsher disciplinary action for any future incidents. The league is expected to disclose the amount of the fine Friday afternoon. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $20,000 for berating an official in Washington’s Week 3 loss to Cincinnati.