Hall said he was told during the NFL’s investigation of the incident, which resulted in a $30,000 fine, that the alleged threat against head linesman Dana McKenzie led to his ejection. The threat has not been previously revealed.
“Yeah, he said that’s what threw the flag for the ejection,” Hall said. “And so, you know, that didn’t happen. That should have never happened, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation. There’s just a lot of things that are unresolved with that case that have to be resolved.”
In a wide-ranging interview this week, Hall also was highly critical of other aspects of the way the NFL handled the investigation and appeal process. He said the interview conducted with him during the league’s investigation “felt like an interrogation” and that the process under which the league set his punishment and heard his appeal is unfair.
“Any time you’ve got one person that’s the judge, jury and executioner — he makes the fine, then he hears the appeal, then he decides the amount — it’s just tough. It’s just tough,” Hall said. In that regard, he added, “the CBA [collective bargaining agreement between the league and players’ union] we agreed on probably wasn’t in the best interests of the players, from my viewpoint.”
Hall sounds like the current and former Saints players that were involved in the bounty scandal. It seems like the NFL tries to use it’s power to bully it’s players.