Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Tuesday afternoon physically threatened a newspaper reporter from whom he had to be separated during a profane confrontation about an article in which Hall insisted he was misquoted.
Tuesday’s confrontation occurred less than a week after Hall was fined $30,000 for verbally abusing a referee late in the Redskins’ loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 28. When reporters attempted to ask Hall about that fine Thursday, he bristled: “Back up off me, bro,” and would not comment.
The incident Tuesday began when Jones approached Hall with an audio recording of a quote Hall disputed.
Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris restrained Hall after witnessing the heated exchange while walking nearby. He intervened when both men’s use of profanity and the volume of their voices made it clear tempers were escalating.
Hall did not answer a call to his phone and did not return a text message. However, he discussed the incident on his radio show Tuesday evening.
“Everybody was pulling him back,” Hall said, referring to Jones. “I’m like, ‘Let him go. Please let him go. If anybody touch me, I’m knocking them out.’ I said something to lines of that.”
Hall went on to call Jones a “great dude,” and he said at no point did the confrontation come close to becoming physical.
Jones and his editor declined to comment.
“They discussed this matter, and everything is worked out now,” team spokesman Tony Wyllie said.
Hall last Wednesday told a group of reporters about individual meetings some players had with coaches during the bye week. Many outlets published the quote and used it to help additional reporting.
Hall on Wednesday said: “Guys have sat down with coaches, met one-on-one, to kind of figure out what they can do to get better at.”
Jones never specifically reported Hall met with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, but Jones authored an article published online Thursday that reported members of the secondary met with Haslett. The article implied Hall was one of those players.
After Sunday’s 31-6 win over Philadelphia, a reporter — not Jones — started to ask Hall whether those one-on-one meetings helped the defense’s play in the victory.