An onslaught of scorn and ridicule potentially awaits Roger Goodell Thursday at Gillette Stadium during the NFL’s season opener between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
But if you ask the NFL commissioner, what happens will be nothing more than an expression of “loyalty.”
Goodell, who’s set to make his first appearance at Gillette Stadium since the Deflategate-launching 2014 AFC Championship Game, almost certainly will be greeted by a deafening chorus of boos. And during an appearance Tuesday on FOX Sports 1’s “First Things First,” he talked about how he expects to be received at “The Razor.”
Goodell can minimize this all he wants, but a potential sea of 70,000-plus, clown towel-waving Pats fans might give new meaning to the term “loyalty,” for better or for worse.
But hey, maybe his recent community service in the Boston area will shift the narrative at the last minute, albeit on a nearly imperceptible scale.
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