October 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) is restrained by teammates after being ejected from the game for unsportsman like conduct against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

DeAngelo Hall Says Ref Was As Much To Blame For Incident

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was ejected from last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after getting in the face of an official and jawing at the ref. Because of the incident, Hall likely faces a fine but he is saying that the referee deserve part of the blame as well.

Hall said that head linesman Dana McKenzie was verbally abusing him and that is why the argument between the two got so heated. Hall’s claim is that the camera angle on television made it look like a one-sided argument.

“From that particular camera angle you can’t see what that ref’s saying to me,” Hall said on 106.7 The Fan, via the Washington Post. “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.

“It was just a back and forth between me and that particular ref. And I can’t go into too many details because it’s still under review. But that’s kind of how it took place.

“If you look at the TV copy, you can only see me. That’s why we’re trying to get other copies and other angles so you can see both sides. But me and the ref was equally at fault on that particular play.”

Hall also wanted to make it clear that he is not a bad guy, despite the blow up on the field. Perhaps he was hoping that would reduce any punishment from the league office.

“I’m not a criminal. I’ve never been in trouble with the law. I’m a great guy. Like I said, off the field I’m a different person, you know what I mean, than I am on the field,” Hall said.

“We’re just trying to get every point of view, make sure we get as much proof as possible that happened in that situation and bring it to the forefront so we can come up with the right solution handed down to both sides.”

If Hall’s story is accurate, the league should equally discipline both parties involved. It is an ugly look for the league whenever that type of confrontation goes down on the field and it should be avoided at all costs.

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  • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

    Eh, Hall has a history of being an instigator. Just look at the stuff he’s said to rival WRs (prominently Steve Smith) in the past. I’m not going to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point.

    • joshsanchez

      I’m with you! Hall definitely has a history as a hot head and this is just the latest case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

    I’m one of the biggest critics of DeAngelo Hall that there is to the point where when I looked at his cap number this past offseason I suggested the Redskins should cut him and, with the cap hit they took from the “uncapped” year that apparently did have a salary cap, they could use that money to either get another corner or get better players elsewhere on the team. However, I decided to give DA a chance and I looked at what footage I could find. There is some merit to what he was saying. There was certainly interference from Emmanuel Sanders on that play and it could easily have been a double foul that would have resulted in offsetting penalties. With that said, there is absolutely no excuse for his poor conduct towards the official and it is almost criminal that he should take off his helmet in that situation – that is a bush league move if ever I saw one. I understand where he is coming from and there is some truth to what he is saying which apparently the league is looking into but ultimately he needs to pull his head in and do his job which is to play the game and not incur further penalties that hurt his team like he did last week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

      And for the record, Emmanuel Sanders isn’t exactly an honest player either if this “cramping” he gets is anything to go by. He’s made the NFL look like soccer if indeed he has been diving.