The New England Patriots might have won the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean they will be welcoming Roger Goodell anytime soon.
Despite the four-game suspension for Tom Brady and the stripping of their first-round draft pick, the New England Patriots were still able to win Super Bowl LI.
Fans of the Patriots and the organization itself has not hidden their feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Like many in the NFL, they don’t like Goodell, and fans of the Patriots have good reason not too.
Since the Deflate-Gate scandal, Goodell hasn’t appeared in New England for a game. In the playoffs this season, he was instead at the NFC Championship Game. In a recent interview with Cari Champion of ESPN, tight end Rob Gronkowski said he doesn’t expect to see Goodell in New England anytime soon. Also, he warned Goodell about the fans of New England.
"“To tell you the truth, I really don’t think so,” Gronkowski said via Nick O’Malley of Masslive.com. “The fans are nuts, they’re wild, and they have the Patriots’ back no matter what. They have Tom’s back. I’m telling you, he won’t get through the highway if our fans saw him. So I don’t think he can even land in the airport in Boston, because Patriots fans are the best fans. They’re the most loyal fans. I’m telling you, they might just carry out Roger themselves. He couldn’t even get to the stadium in Foxboro if he landed in Boston.”"
In the interview, Gronkowski certainly does have a point. At the Championship parade, there were a ton of signs making fun of Goodell, and even Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was seen wearing a Goodell is a clown t-shirt.
With a lot of hard feelings still, don’t expect to see a warm welcome for Goodell anytime soon. As the defending champs, it will be interesting to see if Goodell is in New England for their first home game when they raise their fifth banner.