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Roger Goodell's wife used burner Twitter account to defend NFL commissioner

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Roger Goodell's wife used burner Twitter account to defend NFL commissioner

Kevin Durant has been joined by another burner account legend: Roger Goodell’s wife. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Twitter account @forargument, which has frequently defended the controversial NFL commissioner, has been run by Goodell’s wife, Jane Skinner Goodell. 

“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration -- and love,” she admitted to the Wall Street Journal. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love -- and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”

Among the tweets to which Jane Skinner Goodell responded was one by Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay after Goodell posed for a picture with three Patriots fans ahead of the team’s first preseason game. Gay tweeted the picture with the caption “Roger Goodell with three guys who will be disowned by their families tomorrow,” to which @forargument replied, “Why is everyone so immature? (Including you?) Let’s celebrate the new season.” 

The @forargument account has since been made private. 

Goodell to NFL owners: 'We believe everyone should stand for anthem'

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Goodell to NFL owners: 'We believe everyone should stand for anthem'

NBC News has obtained a letter sent by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to team owners regarding the ongoing controversy surrounding players’ etiquette during the national anthem. 

Dating back to last season, players have taken a knee as a means of a silent protest of racial inequality in America. Donald Trump has been outspoken against such players, calling them “sons of bitches” and calling for owners to fire them. It came to light over the weekend that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a rule that his players must stand for the anthem or risk being benched. 

It is not currently a rule that players must stand for the anthem, though it was reported Tuesday that the league might consider adding such a rule. 

Following is Goodell’s letter: 

“We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
 
I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.
 
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
 
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.
 
I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York. Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force for good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country. The NFL is at its best when we ourselves are unified. In that spirit, let’s resolve that next week we will meet this challenge in a unified and positive way.”

McCourty among NFL players who met with Goodell, owners over Trump comments

McCourty among NFL players who met with Goodell, owners over Trump comments

Patriots safety Devin McCourty was one of a handful of players who met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and multiple owners - including the Pats' Robert Kraft - to discuss protests that occurred around the league this past weekend over President Donald Trump’s comments.

McCourty, his twin brother Jason, who plays for the Cleveland Browns, former Patriot Chris Long, now with the Eagles, and another ex-Pat, Jonathan Casillas, now with the Giants, were also in attendance for the meeting in New York. According to Casillas, nothing was decided about future actions; rather it was more a gauge on where all sides were at.

McCourty was one of the most outspoken Patriots players, taking first to Twitter and then to the podium following Sunday’s win over the Texans to explain his social media message and kneeling for the national anthem.

“We wanted to come together,” said McCourty, in part. “First and foremost, we hate that people are going to see it as that we don’t respect the military and the men and women that are way braver than us that go and put their life on the line every day for us to have the right to play football, and we know people are going to see it that way. Guys have family members, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters that serve, and they were really conflicted about it. But, we just wanted to send a message of unity and being together and not standing for the disrespect and different ways guys felt. 

[There were] so many different things going through a lot of guys heads, and it was unique to see guys kind of come together and bond together as a group before the game and do that. But, I think all of us want a message that goes out of unity, being together, obviously as a team, and also as a fraternity of NFL players. Guys talk throughout the league about that, and it was great to be a part of a lot of guys trying to do the right thing. Obviously, it won’t be seen as the right thing to everybody, but I think in our hearts, what we focus on the most was that we were trying to do the right thing today. I’m proud of our guys and I’m proud of the group and the guys I get to go out there and play football with. They’re all great guys. They’re better people than they are football players.”

In Trump's latest comments about the NFL on Thursday, he said the league's owners were afraid of players.