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DeAngelo Hall: Block ‘A Cheap Shot’; Officials Shouldn’t Be ‘Trying To Bully Us’

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

DeAngelo Hall said Tuesday that the block set by Emmanuel Sanders in the Washington Redskins’ loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday was “a cheap shot,” and that he would like to meet with league commissioner Roger Goodell to avoid receiving any punishment he feels may be too severe.


Hall was ejected from the game with 3:43 to play in the 27-12 loss while arguing with an official. Sanders, a receiver, was trying to set a block on the Redskins’ cornerback during a run play, but he grabbed Hall by the collar and helmet and wrestled him to the grass – a play that was not flagged by the official.

“Then the receiver still gets in my face and tries to talk to trash,” Hall said during his weekly appearance on “The LaVar Arrington Show With Chad Dukes” on 106.7 The Fan. “I immediately walked away from him and started talking to the ref like, ‘You know, are you kidding me?’ That wasn’t the word I used, but I’m asking him like, ‘Did you not see what just took place right there?’

“The old me, as soon as I got slammed, that guy would have been boxing from right there and we both would have got thrown out the game, you know what I mean?” Hall continued. “For me to walk away from that incident and plead with the ref like I did, like, ‘Dude, what do I have to do to get a flag,’ you know what I mean? 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 was no way that particular play shouldn’t have drawn a flag.”

Hall said that he met with head coach Mike Shanahan to discuss the play – something Shanahan acknowledged on Monday. Shanahan said Monday that Hall handled the aftermath of the block correctly by not fighting back and appealing to the head linesman, Dana McKenzie, which was what he also told Hall.

But Hall continued yelling at McKenzie and took off his helmet, which appeared to draw a flag but should be allowed as the Redskins had called a timeout. He then had to be pulled back from McKenzie by teammates and other officials, and as he was doing so, he began arguing with side judge Don Carlsen. The ejection, for which he said still remains unclear, came moments later.

“It has to be an even playing field, you know?” Hall said. “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 that I feel like we have been giving them as players. It’s referees that ultimately control some of the calls in these games. You know, nobody’s going to go out there and trying to bully the referees, and likewise, they shouldn’t be going out there and trying to bully us.”

Hall said the team is trying to procure film from a reverse angle than the TV copy, which only showed the cornerback yelling at McKenzie and not, as he said, McKenzie yelling at him.

“We just want to get the proper level of punishment and things like that,” Hall said. “You know, like you said, you can take it back. You definitely want to take it back. You never want to put your team in that situation, whether it’s two seconds left in the game and it’s already decided or it is three, four, five minutes left and the outcome’s not yet decided. Just the chance that I might miss next week’s game [against Carolina] – we need everybody out there. We’re already a banged-up football team, and we need as many of our guys out there to play and try to get a win as possible.”

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