How Should NFL Respond to DeAngelo Hall's Embarrassing Ejection?
DeAngelo Hall has outdone himself this time. And he's going to pay dearly for his transgressions.
During the Washington Redskins' contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall completely lost all semblance of sanity. After jostling with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Hall turned to the nearest official and began ranting as if he had been flagged.
He hadn't. Nobody had.
Assumedly, Hall took offense to the fact that Sanders wasn't found guilty and he went off. And the eruption was incredible.
Hall took off his helmet so as to remove any obstacle between him and the ref. He wanted to make sure that everyone in America could read what he was saying.
Unfortunately for Hall, Roger Goodell can also understand what Hall said. Or he has enough money to hire somebody to lip-read for him.
Here's guessing that he doesn't need one to decipher the choice four-letter words flying from Hall's mouth.
After being restrained by multiple officials and teammates, Hall continued to "walk down" the transgressing official until he was finally subdued.
The NFL isn't going to appreciate these histrionics. The league has these crazy beliefs that the officiating crew should be able to perform its job without fear of physical reprisal.
Nobody would blame the referee if he felt that he as in actual danger. Hall had the crazed look and demeanor of a man who had passed his breaking point.
That Hall didn't touch anybody will help his case, but it won't save him.
The other concern besides not wanting their players to menace the officials is the dire need to have the officiating look impartial. Players have to know that acts undertaken to intimidate refs will not stand.
Ndamukong Suh stomped on a padded competitor and was given two games. This was much worse.
Hall will see a minimum of a two-game suspension and a fine for four.
If the NFL consulted me on this matter, I'd be inclined to at least take four games from Hall. His actions were so egregious as to warrant the same punishment received as someone who violates the substance-abuse policy.
Juicing compromises the integrity of the league's competitions. So does attempting to intimidate an official.
Speaking of steroids, someone might want to have Hall pee in a cup. There was a lot of testosterone driving this episode.
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