Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Goodell's wife defends him with anonymous Twitter account

Also among the tweets from the secret account were Goodell's wife responding to a tweet from Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal, who joked about a few New England Patriots' fans who posed with Goodell in a photo.

"It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration - and love", she wrote.

Why? Well, she loves the guy and didn't like the media coverage he was getting on such topics as deflate-gate, Ezekiel Elliott or more recently the national anthem protests. She confirmed that she uses a fake twitter account to defend her husband.

The account had no picture or followers and was attributed to someone named "Jones smith", which, after a bit of sniffing around, was revealed by the Wall Street Journal to be former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, the daughter of prominent Chicago attorney and one-time White House Chief of Staff Samuel K. Skinner.

The Journal not only discovered that the generic Twitter account was operated by Jane Goodall but even elicited a statement from the Commissioner's wife admitting to the whole scheme.

She also tweeted in response to a newspaper clipping about former Senator Charles Goodell, Roger's father. "He is already doing this". She's a better person than most of you could ever hope to be. Her only mistake was blurring the line between her secret account account for talking smack and her account for following her kids' school. The account was run by Mrs. Goodell.

Here's the thing: I don't care what you think about Goodell or his reign as commissioner or the iron fist with which he rules the National Football League, meting out justice like a god atop Olympus. Jane Skinner was a reporter for NEWS CENTER back in the 90's.

"Sounds like what she did is what every spouse in America would want to do", McCarthy told The Wall Street Journal. Of course, Goodell and Durant are likely far from the only high-profile people in sports (or beyond) who do dirty work from anonymous accounts. Wouldn't you be happy to know that someone loved you enough to do battle with the witless jackaninnies on social media on your behalf, a Sisyphean struggle if ever there was one?

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