Cooler heads are prevailing between the 49ers and Eagles after Dre Greenlaw and Dom DiSandro's scuffle, but the incident continues to draw attention.
As unfortunate as it is, one of the biggest aspects being discussed of the San Francisco 49ers' Week 13 shellacking of the Philadelphia Eagles is the sideline fight between Niners linebacker Dre Greenlaw and Philly's head of security, Dom DiSandro.
The incident has gained plenty of attention in the wake of both men being ejected from the game. But what drew the ire of many, particularly on San Francisco's side, is how DiSandro managed to influence and taunt a player to the point of ejection.
Especially considering DiSandro is neither a coach nor a player.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted he briefly discussed the matter with Philadelphia's head coach, Nick Sirianni, and the two expressed disappointment that such an incident took place. Meanwhile, general manager John Lynch sought out DiSandro after the game, too.
Things weren't going to end there, though, right?
Of course, not.
Dre Greenlaw, Dom DiSandro apologize to each other
Speaking to the media for the first time since the incident at Lincoln Financial Field, Greenlaw told reporters that he exchanged apologies with DiSandro via Lynch and other personnel involved with the Eagles.
"We just exchanged a formal apology just between me and [John Lynch] and some of the same people that we do know that in the building and stuff like that," Greenlaw said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. "He seemed like a genuine guy. Seemed like a guy that everybody loved in the building. So, I hate that, honestly. I really hate that it even escalated and went to that."
While Greenlaw agreed with the penalty that led to the fight, a suplex tackle of Philly wide receiver DeVonta Smith, he did not agree with the ejection.
So far, the league has not applied further punishment toward Greenlaw for the incident.
NFL issues memo to all teams warning them about non-essential personnel getting involved in games
While the NFL hasn't penalized Greenlaw or DiSandro yet, the league did send out a memo to all teams reminding them to keep non-coachs and non-players away from situations where they could influence the game and/or players.
From NFL Network's Tom Pelissero:
Part of the notice read, "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."
it's fair to wonder if anything further arises from it. Shanahan hopes it won't.
"Dre just got ejected, and when they look at why and then I guess then [DiSandro] should have too," Shanahan said. "But that's why I don't want that guy made an example out of. I just think we should have kept it moving."