Roger Goodell drops by Gillette Stadium

Getty Images

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 by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe 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.

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.

Goodell will be at this year’s opener, however, and what’s expected to be a hostile reaction to his presence from the crowd probably won’t be diminished by Thursday’s unadvertised visit.

42 responses to “Roger Goodell drops by Gillette Stadium

  1. Ah, no big deal. Even if he doesn’t like getting booed at the stadium of super bowl contender New England he can go to one of the perennial host cities for the super bowl, New Orleans or Miami and . . oh, wait.

  2. Goodell is the only reason Belichick is still in the league. Any other commishner would of kicked the cheater out of the league. Patriot fans should bow down and kiss his feet.

  3. He’s making a stealth visit so he can say when interviewed during the season opener that it’s not his first visit since the suspension. Guessing they won’t be posting his mug on the jumbotron though

  4. I’m surprised he showed up at all.

    Kraft should have sat him in the cheap seats with real fans

  5. Contrary to what patriot fans want to believe, Kraft and Goodell are actually good friends. The only reason Brady got any sort of suspension is because the rest of the league was screaming “foul” for deflategate. Patriot fans really should direct their anger for Goodell elsewhere

  6. It’s been a really tough time for the Patriot fans …with their multiple Super Bowl wins and Hall of Fame Coach and QB. I don’t know how they manage to even enjoy the NFL anymore.

  7. This is all Goodell had to do. Show up without fanfare to a preseason or regular game in 2015 or 2016 and there is no story. Instead, he stayed away for two years and perpetuated the idea that he was avoiding Gillette stadium on purpose.

  8. I think Kraft is still owed that apology from Goodell for that bogus sting operation he did of the Patriots. As we now know, PSI was only something the NFL cared about on 1 day in its history, the day of the Patriots/Colts playoff game, as a way to sting the Patriots. And now the NFL has gone back to not caring about the PSI of footballs. So Aaron Rodgers can over-inflate his footballs as much as he wants.

  9. When the commissioner’s appearance at a professional football game is a matter of scandal, it may be time to consider appointing a new commissioner.

  10. jagsfanugh says:
    August 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    Jags win

    Yes, their 1st team managed to hold off the Pats 2 & 3 team and their 1st/2nd team outperformed a collection of guys no one ever heard of before or will again. How nice for you.

  11. Are we sure that is the real Roger Goodell? His nose looked a bit different than the one on Matt Patricia’s jersey.

  12. You can pretend that all is good but it never will be. We know the real cheater, lier, crook.

    I’m a little pissed they let him in.

  13. Cover deception so that when he fails to show up at Gillette for the unveiling of the championship banner (a deep humiliation for Goodell, as Deflategate was supposed to prevent that), he can try to duck comments that he was afraid to appear. ‘Already came last month!’

  14. Great leaders are good communicators and have the ability to delegate responsibility. They are decisive and make difficult decisions in a timely manner. Most importantly, they are accountable and accept responsibility for failure. Roger Goodell is an empty suit who neither leads nor inspires. This transparent PR trip to Foxborough is just further evidence of his shallowness. I hope the good people of Foxborough double down on him on opening night. Just good old fashion Bronx cheers.

  15. Gutless Godell had to sneak in the back door at a preseason game, unannounced. Par for the course.

  16. Let it go already, Pats fans. You won a Superbowl despite Goddell’s errors. You got your justice. What more do you want?

  17. Even though they kept it off the jumbotron the crowd knew he was there because people were getting the news on their smartphones and passing it around. But no drama because no one cared that much. There was a game to watch.

  18. inbillwetrust2015 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:09 am
    if you truly believe the Patriots are “cheaters” you are either a terribly sore loser. Or you are a moron. Which one are you?

    10 2 Rate This


    Clearly, the latter. You can show these troll rubes 1 bllion times the facts about Framegate I and Framegate II and they just refuse to look at the facts. We know why.

  19. mzew233 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:08 am
    I dont get it. Is this so he doesnt have to show up Opening night?

    25 2 Rate This


    Either that or in his mind, this is a “dry run” to diffuse the eventual opening night drama and potential embarrassment he will face on national tv.

  20. agsfanugh says:
    August 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    Jags win

    16 41 Rate This


    Yes, a legendary win for the bustling Jags franchise about set to move to London in a couple of years.

  21. juice08 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 8:52 am
    Let it go already, Pats fans. You won a Superbowl despite Goddell’s errors. You got your justice. What more do you want?

    2 13 Rate This


    For people like you to admit Goodell is the cheater, along with certain owners who are looking to catch up to the Pats, are jealous, and corrupt.

    We’ve been trying to tell you this for over a decade now. The Pats have never cheated.

  22. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    He’s making a stealth visit so he can say when interviewed during the season opener that it’s not his first visit since the suspension. Guessing they won’t be posting his mug on the jumbotron though

    162 10 Rate This


    Exactly why he did it. He’s such a sneaky little weasel.

  23. I loved Matt Patricia’s Goodell Clown t-shirt and the fact that he wore it home from the Superbowl. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if every NE fan wore one to the game on opening day? How could the cameras/commentators not show/speak to it. Talk about sending a message. If I were Bob Kraft I would have the Patriot cheerleaders forego their normal attire and wear clown shirts too. I’ll bet a street vendor could make a killing selling them outside of Gillette Stadium.

  24. I’m thinking more about this. Dress the cheerleaders in Goodell clown shirts and instead of doing the Y-M-C-A have them do a C-L-O-W-N. I’ll bet every fan in the stands would take part. The game will be on national TV. Could you imagine the camera’s zooming in to Bob Kraft’s luxury box and seeing Goodell’s face. I’d bet more than his nose would be red.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!