Some New England Patriots fans have moved on from Deflategate. Others, not so much.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made headlines by dropping in on the Patriots’ Thursday night preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, making his first visit to Gillette Stadium since the infamous 2014 AFC Championship Game. It was a largely uneventful visit for the commissioner, except for one picture, posted by NFL public relations’ Brian McCarthy, that showed Goodell posing with a trio of Pats fans.
Seems harmless, right?
One would think so, but apparently there are legions of fans still salty about the way the NFL treated the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady during Deflategate.
Whereas many were quick to condemn the three fans, others think the picture either was staged, or not real at all.
You’d think the Patriots’ two Super Bowl championships since Deflategate would have diminished the rage inside New England’s fan base, but that’s clearly not the case.
And as difficult as this picture is for Patriots supporters to look, there was actual play on the field Thursday night that was arguably even more cringe-worthy.