Roger Goodell on DeAngelo Hall

October 31, 2012

 

One of the first things DeAngelo Hall said after his late-game incident in Pittsburgh was that he wanted an audience with the commissioner.

“I’ve got a meeting set up with Commissioner Goodell on Monday,” Hall told reporters, via CSN Washington video. “Me and him will talk about it, watch the film, figure out what went down, hopefully get to the bottom of this.”

Well, the commissioner also seems interested in discussing what happened on the field in Pittsburgh.

“You know, our football operations staff are looking at that,” Roger Goodell told Rich Gannon Wednesday afternoon on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Madden Football. “I got a briefing this morning on it. They are going through the process of evaluating and getting all the information, and they’ll be making a decision on that either today or tomorrow, I believe.”

“Pretty scary though, Roger, watching that,” co-host Adam Schein then said. “I said to Rich the other day that there’s no place for something like that. Watching it live I was a little concerned about the safety of the ref.”

“Well, I think that’s the point of our rules here, Adam, is that there’s respect for the people who are playing the game, coaching the game and officiating the game,” Goodell said. “And it is critical that we have that. And it is not only respect for the game and the people who are involved, but also sportsmanship. And we want to make sure that we maintain that. 

“That’s not what football is about,” he continued. “We’re not suggesting that everyone is going to agree with every officiating call on the field, but there’s a way to do that and there’s a way not to do it. And we have very strong rules in this area, and we’re going to enforce them aggressively.”

So yeah. About that meeting….

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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