Roger Goodell: DeAngelo Hall ref confrontation 'not what football is about'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

On Sunday, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was booted from a Week 8 game because of "a foul against an official" that was, well, entirely inappropriate.

Hall said this week the referee was just as much at fault as he was, but I'm not so sure Roger Goodell agrees. The commish was on Sirius XM Wednesday and said what Hall did is "not what football is about" and that the NFL would "aggressively" enforce the rules prohibiting behavior like Hall's.

"Well, I think that's the point of our rules here," Goodell said, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. "There's respect for the people who are playing the game, coaching the game and officiating the game, 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. 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."

Hall can -- and almost certainly will -- disagree with Goodell's stance and whatever punishment he metes out out. And it won't matter.

Watch the video of the interaction between Hall and referee Dana McKenzie; while there might have been jawing back and forth going on, Hall's clearly playing the role of aggressor here. That's precisely why Mike Shanahan was worried Hall would get a suspension.

The last thing the NFL wants is a perception among players that aggressive behavior toward officials is acceptable. And the league will make sure that's clear whenever it hands out a punishment to Hall.

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