DeAngelo Hall explained the incident he was involved in Sunday with an official and subsequent ejection in a radio appearance Tuesday, saying that he and head linesman Dana McKenzie were “equally at fault” for what happened.
Hall told 106.7 The Fan that he was the victim of a cheap shot from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders late in the Washington Redskins’ 27-12 loss.
“For me to walk away from that incident and plead with the ref and beg, like, ‘Dude, what do I have to do to get a flag?’ Dude just slammed me, nothing happened. I don’t understand what you’re looking at. If you’re going to try to keep this game safe and the way it’s supposed to be played, there’s no way that particular play shouldn’t have drawn a flag,’ ” Hall said.
The veteran cornerback was reluctant to talk at all about the situation Sunday, pending review from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Hall held off a little because of that in his radio appearance but made it clear that he did not think he was the only one to blame.
“Me and the ref was equally at fault on that particular play,” Hall said.
It’s unclear what kind of discipline Hall is facing for berating McKenzie. He could be seen pointing his finger in the official’s face.
“From [the television] 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,” Hall said. “And that’s not the case at all. He’s dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out. That’s the point of view that I’m trying to get out.”
In meeting with Goodell, Hall said he was trying to make sure similar incidents did not occur in the future.
“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. If they want us to go out there and respect them, they have to do the same thing. They have to give us the same kind of respect,” he said. “Nobody’s going out there trying to bully the referees and likewise they shouldn’t be out there trying to bully us.”
Listen to the full interview here.