December 6, 2023, 6:07 PM
The NFL has sent a memo to teams in response to a sideline altercation in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
Clubs were reminded that game-day staff should not be involved in any altercations on the field.
“Please ensure that all members of your game-day staff understand that their role does not extend to being involved with game-day altercations and that they must refrain from such involvement.”
49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw and Eagles chief security officer Dom DiSandro got ejected during San Francisco’s 42-19 victory over Philadelphia after Greenlaw was called for unnecessary roughness on a tackle of DeVonta Smith near the Eagles sideline.
The hit drew the ire of the Eagles and DiSandro got in between Smith and Greenlaw as they argued and pushed Greenlaw away. Greenlaw then put his hand in DiSandro’s face and both ended up getting ejected.
Greenlaw said Wednesday that he and DiSandro sent apologies through intermediaries after the game and holds no ill will.
“He seemed like a genuine guy, seemed like a guy that everybody loved in the building,” Greenlaw said. “Honestly, I really hate that it escalated and went to that. That’s never something I ever been a part of or seen in the game.”
DiSandro joined the Eagles in 1999 and also serves as a senior adviser to general manager Howie Roseman. The 45-year-old DiSandro, a burly tough guy who refrains from interviews, oversees all safety and security matters for players, coaches and executives. He also directs security at the team’s training complex, is responsible for security measures related to team travel and logistics, and provides education on the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
–With files from the Associated Press.
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