Now that all is said and done, Goodell isn’t happy with the way the Patriots have handled their victory, according to CBS Sports.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia appear to be at the top of Goodell’s naughty list.
The Patriots landed back home Monday afternoon with Patricia making the biggest statement of them all by wearing a Barstool Sports-created blue shirt emblazoned with Goodell’s face sporting a clown nose.
“The T-shirt really bothered him,” an ownership source told CBS’s Jason La Canfora. “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?”
Kraft alluded to the Deflategate scandal after Goodell handed him the Lombardi Trophy onstage Sunday night.
“A lot has transpired over the last two years,” Kraft said. “And I don’t think that needs any explanation. But I want to say to our fans, to our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players who were so spectacular: This is unequivocally the sweetest.”
Goodell said before the big game that it would be “an honor” to hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots should they win the Super Bowl. He eventually did hand it to them amid a chorus of boos by the New England faithful who filled Houston’s NRG Stadium on Sunday night. Goodell also had the “honor” of presenting Brady with the Pete Rozelle trophy on Monday in recognition of the quarterback’s Super Bowl MVP nod after the release of Brady’s “Roger That” commercial.
The anti-Goodell sentiment among the five-time Super Bowl champs continued during Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade in downtown Boston.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola wore a “Fire Goodell” trucker hat while a “Roger That” T-shirt hung off the side of Tom Brady’s float.
We’ll see if the commissioner tries to dock New England for anything in coming seasons but, as it stands now, the Patriots had the last laugh in a laughable saga.