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.
#Redskins DeAngelo Hall was banned from talking with us by an NFL uniform inspector, who said he couldn't speak while wearing a Polo shirt.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 30, 2013
D'Hall was in a great mood giving us great answers and then a NFL official walked over and told him to change his shirt. He wasnt happy.— Dianna Marie Russini (@DRussNBC) September 30, 2013
HIs shirt was plain black, with a small Lacoste sign. He pretty much flipped out. As did most of the lockeroom.— Dianna Marie Russini (@DRussNBC) September 30, 2013
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 NFL.com and guess what you'll find?
Players speaking with the media while wearing everything but league-sanctioned attire.