Roger Goodell’s extended absence from Gillette Stadium was expected to end when the Patriots and Chiefs kicked off the regular season next month, but Goodell decided to call an audible on Thursday night.
Goodell is at the Patriots-Jaguars exhibition game and was spotted visiting with Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Kraft’s box. Volin adds that Goodell was in the Boston area on Thursday and decided to “pop in” for the preseason contest.
A very grainy photo of Goodell hanging with Kraft. It’s Goodell’s first game back since the 2015 AFC Championship Game pic.twitter.com/aIQPReNAvQ
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 10, 2017
Roger Goodell, if you can tell, has returned to Gillette Stadium pic.twitter.com/cw6g31Dpu4
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) August 10, 2017
It’s the first time that Goodell has been in the stadium since the 2015 AFC Championship Game, which the Patriots won on their way to a Super Bowl title. That was followed by the league penalizing the team and suspending quarterback Tom Brady as a result of Deflategate. Those decisions were not well received by the Patriots fan base and Goodell’s absence from the 2015 season opener was noted with derisive cheers from the crowd.
Knowing Roger, he’s going to forgo the regular season opener and call this his visit. Would be a typical Roger clown move. Not sure if this visit is in addition to week 1, we shall see…