Report: Goodell, NFL irked by Patricia's 'clown' t-shirt, Kraft's podium speech

Report: Goodell, NFL irked by Patricia's 'clown' t-shirt, Kraft's podium speech

It wasn't only Matt Patricia donning Barstool Sports' Roger-Goodell-as-a-clown t-shirt that irked the commissioner, but Robert Kraft's postgame podium declaration of the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl title being the "sweetest" of them all has NFL executives seething, too, reports Jason LaCanfora of

As the Patriots got off the plane from Houston after the Super Bowl victory, Patricia, the Patriots defensive coordinator, was sporting the light blue t-shirt featuring Goodell with a clown nose, sold by the outfit the commissioner claimed he'd never heard of. 

From LaCanfora's story: 

The T-shirt really bothered him," according to one ownership source who had been in contact with big wigs at the league office. "The fact that Kraft didn't stop him from wearing that ticked some people off, but did they really think he's going to protect Goodell after all of this?

On the podium, Kraft never referred to Deflategate or Tom Brady's NFL-imposed four-game suspension specifically as he accepted the Lombardi Trophy from Goodell, who, before handing the trophy to Kraft, was booed mercilessly by fans after the Patriots' comeback win Sunday night. The Patriots owner talked about how "a lot has transpired" over the past two years and how this title was "unequivocally the sweetest one of all."


LaCanfora reports Kraft's statement ruffled feathers on at the NFL offices at 345 Park Avenue in New York. He also wrote that Kraft wants NFL counsel Jeff Pash out. Pash was a key figure for the league's case against Tom Brady and the Patriots in Deflategate. 

"Robert still wants Pash out," another ownership source told LaCanfora. "The only way there will ever be a full reconnect between the Patriots and Goodell is if Pash was no longer there."

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.