DeAngelo Hall, the NFL and shirt logos

October 1, 2013

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

I wasn’t in Oakland on Sunday, but many of my harder-working colleagues were. A few of them posted odd updates following DeAngelo Hall’s aborted press availability inside the victorious locker room.

 

 

 

I’ve heard from another media member who was in the locker room, and he saw things the same way. The inspector pushed past a half-dressed Josh Wilson and threatened Hall with the prospect of a fine for his Lacoste logo.

“Now, I don’t want to fine you. But I could,” the inspector said, according to a recording of the conversation.

“For what?” Hall said.

“That,” the inspector said, pointing to the logo.

“For a T-shirt?” Hall asked. “I wore this to the game! This isn’t the podium. What am I supposed to do?”

“You don’t have to do the interview,” the inspector said.

“Okay, I’m not doing it,” Hall said. “Hey, y’all write about this,” he said to the press. “Write about him shutting down my interview.”

Now, the NFL does have rules about such things. Rule 5, Section 4, Article 6 of the NFL Rule Book states that “Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or orally promoting equipment, apparel, or other items that carry commercial names or logos/identifications of companies, unless such commercial identification has been approved in advance by the League office. The size of any approved logo or other commercial identification involved in an agreement between a manufacturer and the League will be modest and unobtrusive, and there is no assurance that it will be visible to the television audience.”

The same language is also in the league’s Player Policy Manual, which is distributed to all players in training camp.

But I have been in many postgame locker rooms, and never have I seen this rule enforced, certainly not for a small, unobtrusive logo.

Regardless, a quick review of the postgame videos available on several NFL team sites reveals that Hall was not alone in so brazenly attempting to flaunt the rules on Sunday. Look at all these players putting the league’s business interests at risk.

I’ve attempted to cut out their faces, because I don’t want to be responsible for anyone getting retroactively fined.


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