Like most of the rest of the world, Texans owner Bob McNair was tired of #DeflateGate.
But unlike a lot of people, he thinks the guy who presided over it is doing a great job.
McNair told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he — in a sentiment shared by most — grew tired of the spectacle created by whether Tom Brady did or did not authorize the removal of air from a football.
“I’m just glad it’s all behind us,” McNair said. “We all allowed it to become a mountain out of a molehill. It was completely overplayed. All the parties could have handled it better. Hopefully, we’ve all learned from it and will be better able to handle difficult situations in the future in the best fashion.”
Whether or not that’s the case remains to be seen, but McNair’s defense of commissioner Roger Goodell was unequivocal.
“I support Roger,” McNair said. “I think he’s done a good job. He’s got the toughest job. Imagine the amount of stress he’s placed under, the people pulling from different directions. He’s got 32 bosses. I’m sure there are a few who aren’t happy with some of his decisions.
“He’s got to do, in his opinion, what’s in the best interests of the league.”
He was also paid more than $30 million for that onerous task, and McNair’s stance also underscores why Goodell is the world’s highest-paid pinata and his bosses are happy to fill him with candy.
For the owners, writing an annual check for a million bucks each buys them the kind of PR insurance they love, so they can at once complain about Goodell’s legacy, and congratulate him for it.