Roger Goodell Is Attending the Season Opener in New England, So Start Sharpening Your Pitchforks
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t watched a game in New England since winning the court battle over Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension. Now, at long last, he’s set to make his probably not-so-triumphant return.
“I plan to be at the kickoff game,” Goodell told members of the media at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday.
In recent years it has become tradition for the Super Bowl champions to host the first game of the NFL season on the Thursday night of Week 1. Though nothing is set in stone just yet, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said this week that the 2017 NFL Kickoff Game is expected to take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Thursday, September 7.
Goodell has been persona non grata in New England ever since he brought the hammer down on the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady for (possibly? probably?) letting a little air out of some footballs prior to the 2015 AFC Championship Game. He has not set foot in Gillette Stadium since.
Robert Kraft is known to be a friend of Roger Goodell’s, but he has nevertheless been a very vocal critic of the league’s handling of the Deflategate business.
Prior to Super Bowl LI the Pats owner extended a formal invitation for Goodell to come back to Gillette Stadium. However, this week Kraft said a formal invitation wasn’t necessary, and his comments had a faint ring of defiance.
“We’re happy that we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner, and he can decide whether he wants to be there. He’s commissioner of the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. And if he wanted to come, he’s welcome to come.”
That’s like you asking your girlfriend if you have to go to her friend’s party, and her saying you can come, or you can not come, it’s up to you.
This should be fun!
Hat Tip – [ESPN]