Eagles' Security Chief Dom DiSandro Sideline Ban for Season, Says Sources

Eagles' Security Leader Faces Unprecedented Sideline Suspension.

by Nouman Rasool
Eagles' Security Chief Dom DiSandro Sideline Ban for Season, Says Sources
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In a significant move by the National Football League (NFL), Dom DiSandro, the Philadelphia Eagles' head of security, has been barred from the sidelines for the rest of the regular season. This decision follows an incident involving DiSandro and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw during a recent game.

The development was disclosed by two sources familiar with the league's decision, who requested anonymity due to the lack of an official announcement from the NFL. The confrontation occurred after a play in the third quarter of the Eagles' game against the 49ers on December 3, which ended in a 42-19 loss for Philadelphia.

DiSandro intervened in an altercation on the field, pulling Greenlaw away from Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith. The situation escalated when Greenlaw, who had been penalized for unnecessary roughness, reacted by reaching over two officials to confront DiSandro.

Following this incident, both Greenlaw and DiSandro were removed from the game. Greenlaw later faced a fine of $10,927 from the NFL for his actions. The league, in response to this and similar occurrences, issued a memorandum to all teams, reiterating existing policies prohibiting non-player personnel from engaging in physical or verbal confrontations with players or officials.

The memo emphasized that only game officials or coaches should intervene in on-field disputes, warning of potential fines or suspensions for violations. Despite the restriction from the sidelines, DiSandro is permitted to continue his other professional responsibilities, including traveling with the team.

He was present with the team in Seattle for their Monday night game, albeit in a limited capacity. The decision allows for DiSandro's return to the sidelines for the playoff season, pending any further developments.

DiSandro's Dual Role

DiSandro, a key figure within the Eagles organization since 1999, holds a dual role as a senior adviser to General Manager Howie Roseman.

Known for his robust presence and preference for staying out of the limelight, DiSandro is responsible for a wide range of security operations. These include overseeing player, coach, and executive safety, managing security at the team's training complex, handling travel logistics, and ensuring compliance with the NFL's personal conduct policies.

This incident and the NFL's ensuing response highlight the league's stringent approach to maintaining discipline and order, not just among players but extending to all personnel associated with the game. The enforcement of these standards is crucial for preserving the integrity and professionalism of the sport, as the league navigates the complexities of on and off-field conduct.