With 3:48 left in the game and his team down 27-12, Hall got involved in a tussle with receiver Emmanuel Sanders at the end of a play. Head linesman Dana Mckenzie broke up the fight, and Hall took off his helmet and got in the face of the official and pointed in his face as a stream of profanity appeared to fly from his mouth.
Several teammates tried to pull Hall away, but he continued to curse at Mckenzie. Linebacker London Fletcher eventually separated Hall from the official, but not before two flags were thrown and the cornerback was ejected.
“I just really was just telling him at that point in time, he wasn’t going to win that battle,” Fletcher said. “They had already thrown two penalties. I think they had already decided they were going to kick him out of the game. I just didn’t want the situation to get any worse for him, even though he was out of the game.”
Officials hit Hall with two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
After the game, Hall refused to discuss the specifics of the incident.
“Any questions on the football aspect of the game? I’m not going to discuss that particular play,” Hall said in front of his locker. “I’ve got a meeting scheduled with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell on Monday, me and him will talk about it, watch the film and figure out what went down, get to the bottom of this.”
Hall was reminded that the league office was closed on Monday, and he responded, “Well, I’ve got my agent calling them, trying to set something up.”
Asked what exactly he was confused about, Hall said, “I’m not going to discuss.”
Fellow cornerback Josh Wilson said that the things had gotten “a little chippie” throughout the game, and accused the Steelers of taking cheap shots at the Redskins defensive players all afternoon.
Wilson himself was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but said that the Steelers should have been held to the same standard as the Redskins throughout the game.
“They called one off-setting. [The Steelers] came in and took two guys heads off in the pile and the guy’s clearly laying on the ground,” Wilson said. “Things got a little chippie. [Hall] felt like a call should’ve been made and it wasn’t made, and that’s all he talked about. They’ve got to be held accountable, too.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he was “very disappointed” in Hall, who midway through last season was voted one of the defensive captains along with Fletcher.
“We talk about that all the time, keeping your composure regardless what happens, regardless what the situation is,” Shanahan said. “You never put your team in that type of situation. In any situation, you can’t do it. But obviously it took all the pressure off of them in that scenario.”