If NFL commissioner Roger Goodell thinks New England is over Deflategate and last year’s suspension of Tom Brady, he best think again.
Barstool Sports is set to purchase 70,000 towels with a picture of Goodell with a clown nose to hand out to Patriots fans at the season opening game at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 7 against Kansas City. Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy initially planned on having 30,000 towels made but changed his mind when it was revealed that Goodell attended last week’s preseason game at Gillette. Goodell had not attended a Patriots game in Foxboro since the alleged “Deflategate game” in January of 2015 before last Thursday. He will be on hand in Foxboro at the nationally televised game on Sept. 7.
The image of Goodell with a clown nose has become quite popular with Patriots fans over the past year, so much so that Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Barstool T-shirt with the image as he left the Patriots team plane after their Super Bowl LI win over Atlanta.
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported this summer that Goodell did not take too kindly to Patricia wearing the shirt, and that he was still “miffed” about the incident.