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Patriots fans blasted on Twitter for posing with Roger Goodell (pic)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday attended the New England Patriots’ first exhibition game of the preseason at Gillette Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It marked the first time Goodell has been at a Patriots home game since the conclusion of the protracted Deflategate saga.

Given the backdrop, it’s hardly surprising that Goodell’s appearance at Gillette Stadium became quite the newsworthy item. What is surprising, however, is how a photograph posted by NFL PR man Brian McCarthy sparked an uproar on social media among Patriots fans.

The photo features Goodell posing alongside several smiling Patriots fans at the game.

Seemingly nondescript, right? That’s not how Patriots fans on Twitter viewed it. In fact, a blistering tweeted screed was directed at the fans, with many suggesting it was traitorous to pose happily next to a man considered persona non grata among Patriots backers.

A sampling of the vitriolic reactions.

Oof. Talk about ruthless.

The commissioner is expected to be in attendance as well at the Patriots’ home opener — which also kicks off the 2017 NFL season — against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 7. Perhaps these three fans can get back in the good graces of Patriots Nation by showing up at Gillette donning this anti-Goodell shirt specially made for the event.

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