All’s for­given? Good­ell at­tends Pa­tri­ots game

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell is watch­ing the Pa­tri­ots’ ex­hi­bi­tion opener.

It’s his first game in New Eng­land since sus­pend­ing quar­ter­back Tom Brady in the scan­dal that came to be known as “De­flate­gate.”

Good­ell was in Pa­tri­ots owner Robert Kraft’s luxury suite as the game against the Jack­sonville Jaguars started, ac­cord­ing to a pho­to­graph posted on Twit­ter by The Bos­ton Globe. Pa­tri­ots spokesper­son Stacey James con­firmed to The As­so­ci­ated Press that Good­ell was at the game.

Good­ell sus­pended Brady four games af­ter an NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that he con­spired to use il­le­gally un­der­in­flated foot­balls in the 2015 AFC cham­pi­onship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

New Eng­land fans ral­lied to their quar­ter­back’s de­fence and lashed out at Good­ell for the harsh penalty that was based on du­bi­ous ev­i­dence. The Pa­tri­ots went on to win the Su­per Bowl any­way — Brady’s fifth.

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