We don’t normally write many articles on other teams here on SteelerAddicts, but occasionally we’ll do just to mix things up a bit, if the topic is interesting enough. Thank you by the way for everyone that continually makes SA a part of your daily sports life, we appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
Anyway, the ejection of Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall has been a pretty hot topic this week, but recently he went as far to suggest that the officials should be on an equal level with the players? Now I’m all for the respect factor but ultimately the NFL appointed officials are there to enforce the NFL rules under which the NFL players must abide by. Get the pattern here?
The officials are not and never will be equal to the players. You simply cannot berate them, touch them, call them out, or anything else no matter how mad you are. They are there, for better or worse, to make sure you are playing the game the way the NFL wants you to play it.
If the official was yelling back at him, and we don’t know that he was, then maybe you ask for an apology but it’s not going to change how the game is officiated. Bigger and better men than you have tried and failed Mr. Hall. Just ask James Harrison or Ryan Clark how well their appeals to the league have gone for other matters they don’t agree with.
So yeah Mr. Hall, you can’t expect to be taken seriously when it comes to the officials and this ridiculous rant you’re on now. You lost your cool, got ejected, there’s nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t matter what the reason was for the flag to be thrown or not, you lose your temper you pay the penalty.
Here’s a short article we have permission to run that details what Hall is complaining about:
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was so frustrated and angry during a loss to the Steelers, that he cursed out a referee and was ejected.
Today Hall is speaking his mind on the incident, and in typical DeAngelo Hall fashion, he is blaming it on the referee.
ESPN.com is reporting that Hall said the official was “equally at fault,” for the incident, during a radio appearance.
“From that particular camera angle you can’t see what that ref’s saying to me. 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’s not a system in place where … they’re the good cops and we’re the criminals. It has to be an even playing field, a level playing field,” Hall said. “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’ve been giving them as players and as referees that ultimately control some of the calls in these games. Nobody is going out there trying to bully the referees and likewise, they shouldn’t be out there trying to bully us.”
“I’m just asking (the official) like, ‘Did you not see what just took place right there?’ … For me to walk away from that incident and plead with the ref and beg like, ‘Dude, what do I have to do to get a flag? The 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’s no way that particular play shouldn’t have drawn a flag.’
Hall says he’s trying to get film that will show different camera angles, so he can prove to Roger Goodell that the official was equally at fault.
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