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DeAngelo Hall Disputes Adrian Peterson’s Claim He Was Slapped After Play
ASHBURN – DeAngelo Hall denied slapping Adrian Peterson in the helmet after he tackled the Minnesota running back in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins’ victory on Sunday.
The Redskins cornerback tackled Peterson after a one-yard run with just under five minutes left in the quarter and the two began yelling at each other. Peterson said after the game that Hall “just got caught up in his emotions” and slapped him.
“I was just telling him, ‘Hey, don’t do me like that, brother,’” Peterson said after the game. “I looked him in the eyes and he knew I meant business.”
Hall, on a conference call with reporters Monday morning, said Peterson had “no idea what he’s talking about.”
“I think you all know me, so if anything happened involving me, I think all you guys would have been jumping on that story right after the game,” Hall said. “For it to be brought up a day later and talking about that I smacked him in the face – that’s just asinine.”
Hall remembered the excitement of the play leading him to quickly push himself up off the ground, but he didn’t know if he pushed off the grass or down on Peterson. In fact, Hall said he heard Peterson congratulate him on a good play after the tackle.
“Had he really been talking trash to me, face-to-face and me talking trash, I think you guys know my reaction would have been a little different than what it was,” Hall said. “If you watch the TV copy or even the sideline copy of that game, once I make the play and my helmet pops off, we’re face-to-face and I don’t say a word. I just kind of nod my head at him. That’s kind of the gist of that story.”