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DeAngelo Hall can't wear Lacoste polo shirt to speak with media

By Ryan Wilson |

DeAngelo Hall likes polo shirts. The NFL uniform inspector does not. (USATSI)

Whenever we hear about DeAngelo Hall running afoul of the rules, we reflexively assume he's at fault. It's probably unfair (though incidents like this or even this don't help his credibility).

Turns out, Hall truly is the victim, this time of the NFL's oppressive dress code. And we're not even talking about the stupidity of fining a player $5,000 for wearing the wrong color socks. It's worse than that.

According to various reporters in the locker room following the Redskins win over the Raiders, Hall was set to speak with the media. A run-in with an NFL uniform inspector promptly changed that.

The Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg writes that the inspector threatened to fine Hall for wearing a non-NFL-sanctioned polo shirt if he spoke to the media in the Redskins' locker room.

“Now, I don't want to fine you. But I could,” the inspector said, via Steinberg. “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.”

While the NFL actually has a rule about this (Rule 5, Section 4, Article 6 of the NFL Rule Book, apparently), it doesn't make the interaction any less absurd.

Plus, as Steinberg points out, take a quick look at any postgame interviews posted on and guess what you'll find?

Players speaking with the media while wearing everything but league-sanctioned attire.

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