Lorenzo Alexander not sure if Hall ‘did anything to cross the line’

October 31, 2012

DeAngelo Hall (right) during the incident that produced his ejection Sunday in Pittsburgh (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

One day after cornerback DeAngelo Hall said in a radio interview that an official should share the blame for an altercation Sunday that led to Hall’s ejection, Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander provided some support for Hall’s version of the events.

“I don’t know if D-Hall did anything to cross the line, in my opinion,” Alexander said Wednesday. “It was a timeout. He took his helmet off. Fine. All he was doing was talking and it escalated to cussing. He never touched the ref or anything like that. I’m trying to move him back. [The] guy’s kind of chasing him at the same time. So I think both parties needed to do a better job of, ‘Okay, it’s over. Let’s get away from it.’ ”

Hall suggested during Tuesday’s radio interview that head linesman Dana McKenzie had been verbally abusive during the incident at the Redskins’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He told 106.7 The Fan that the official was “dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”

Hall also said the official “was equally at fault.”

The league is reviewing the incident. Hall faces a possible suspension or fine. He removed his helmet and yelled and gestured at McKenzie, appearing to use profanity. Hall said Tuesday he was upset that no penalty had been called on Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a tussle between the two at the end of a play.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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