DeAngelo Hall didn’t start it.
According to DeAngelo Hall.
After the Houston Texans 17-6 win at NRG Stadium on Sunday, the Washington cornerback said the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he earned by shoving wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after Hopkins was down by contact was in response to something initiated by, believe it or not, Hopkins.
“Nah, he actually was pushing off of me,” Hall said. “He didn’t give me a chance to get up.”
The play and penalty proved inconsequential in the grander scheme. Hall’s infraction was offset by an offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Keyshawn Martin. Two plays later, the Texans punted.
Hall’s reputation when it comes to on-field extra-cirriculars is less than squeaky clean. That aside, it appeared that Hall was acting, not reacting. Especially since Hopkins still had the football in his hands.
Either way, Hall claims he didn’t instigate.
“I told the ref, and he understood,” Hall said. “He said, Alright, I’ll look out for it next time.”
Hopkins didn’t seem to have any hard feelings toward Hall after the game.
“It’s part of the NFL,” Hopkins said. “Guys are gonna talk. After the game is over, we’re all friends.”
Hall seemed less than enthused about being flagged.
“It is what it is,” Hall said. “It’s a referee’s judgment call, and he felt like it was unnecessary roughness, so he called it a penalty.”
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