DeAngelo Hall fined $30K by NFL for barking at official
Usually fines are served at the end of each week, but the NFL contemplated over DeAngelo Hall’s fate for several weeks. Deangelo Hall could have potentially lost play time in the NFL’s disciplinary action against him for engaging in a heated argument with sideline official, but the former Round 1 pick was spared the suspension and instead struck by a hefty fine.
DeAngelo Hall declined to comment on the NFL’s then pending decision or a possibility of fine on Wednesday. However, earlier in the day DeAngelo Hall entertained other questions by reporters after practice at Redskins Park.
During the Washington Redskins’ 27-12 loss to the Steelers on 28th October, DeAngelo Hall got into the face of head linesman Dana McKenzie, with helmet in hand and yelling at the top of his lungs following a play late into the game. DeAngelo Hall furiously wagged his finger at the sideline official, while questioning his judgment over a potential penalty call. The 28-year-old DeAngelo Hall believed that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders took him down with a cheap shot on the previous play.
However, the official was offended by DeAngelo Hall’s use of disrespectful language and confrontational attitude when he refused to return to the sideline. So, the official called two 15-yard penalties on DeAngelo Hall before ejecting him from the game.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan sided with his cornerback, claiming that Emmanuel Sanders played dirty while wrestling DeAngelo Hall to the ground. However, even Mike Shanahan agreed that DeAngelo Hall could have shown better character and choice of words while pleading his case to the game official.
Two days later, DeAngelo Hall claimed in a radio interview that the sideline official “was equally at fault…dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”
Many have drawn the speculation that the NFL’s decision on the fine was probably delayed for so long since the league was trying to piece together DeAngelo Hall’s side of the story which could have also resulted in a disciplinary action against the official. But frankly speaking, it seems very unlikely that the NFL will again entangle themselves in a dispute with the officials following their heroic return form the lockout this season.