49ers' Greenlaw ejected after altercation with Eagles head of security
49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw and Philadelphia Eagles head of security Dom DiSandro were both ejected in the third quarter of San Francisco’s 42-19 win following a brief altercation on the sideline.
The incident occurred after Greenlaw was flagged for slamming Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith to the ground out of bounds. DiSandro stepped in between Greenlaw and Smith, pushing the two apart. He appeared to exchange words with the 49ers’ defender who made contact with DiSandro’s face as he aggressively pointed at him.
Both were ejected shortly thereafter.
The officials had a flag for Greenlaw for a personal foul, and there was “continuing action,” NFL senior vice president of officiating Walt Anderson said.
Officials reviewed video that showed “a staff person (DiSandro) that made contact with the player and that the player involved, No. 57 (Greenlaw), made contact with the staff member which warranted his disqualification,” Anderson said in the pool report.
Anderson said that DiSandro “was contributing to that escalation.” Anderson also mentioned an NFL rule that “does not afford us the ability to help the officials in throwing a flag that they do not throw for a non-player.”
After the game, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan did not hold back his thoughts on the Greenlaw and DiSandro incident.
“I just can’t believe someone not involved in a football game can taunt our players like that and put their hand in our guy’s face,” Shanahan said.
49ers receiver Jauan Jennings expressed shock over the confrontation.
“He don’t even play football, so I don’t understand what’s his beef with Dre,” Jennings said.
Greenlaw had a game-high seven tackles when he was disqualified from the game.
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