On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw got into a sideline altercation with Philadelphia Eagles security guard Dom DiSandro.
The incident, which happened during the Eagles’ blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, resulted in Greenlaw and “Big Dom” being ejected from the game.
All eyes now turn to the National Football League as we wait and see how they hand down punishments to both teams. Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated reports that the league is going to make “an example” out of DiSandro.
“DiSandro should not have been there. Period. DiSandro shouldn’t have made contact with Greenlaw. Period,” he wrote on Sunday night.
“If the league doesn’t freak out about this, it will have on its hands a massive problem of perception. The lot of us were able to see and contextualize this Sunday without an issue because we are not active football players, whose jobs continue to become more difficult with each passing day.”
Orr pointed out an important aspect of the NFL’s rule book. Section 1, Article 8 of the NFL rulebook states:
Non-player personnel of a club (e.g., management personnel, coaches, trainers, equipment personnel) are prohibited from making unnecessary physical contact with or directing abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures at opponents, game officials, or representatives of the League.
DiSandro has been apart of the Philadelphia Eagles for over 20 years. His current role with the team is Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Chief Security Officer.
The longtime Eagles employee can probably expect to see a significant punishment perhaps a suspension and the Eagles will likely also face a significant fine.
The Eagles, meanwhile, dropped to 10-2 on the season with the 42-19 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Philadelphia will take on Dallas next week.