Roger Goodell staying away from season opener at Gillette Stadium
The opening game of the 2015 NFL season, as it has been for years, will take place on the Thursday night ahead of the rest of NFL action the following Sunday and Monday. As is the custom, this year’s opener will be hosted by the defending Super Bowl champions, as the New England Patriots will welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady, in light of his victorious appeal of his four-game suspension, will be in Foxboro for the game. Commissioner Roger Goodell, perhaps not surprisingly, will not be in attendance, per a tweet from FOX Sports’ Mike Garofolo.
The NFL reportedly confirmed that Goodell will avoid the game apparently because he “believes the focus should be on game/festivities.”
While that may in fact be true and his mere presence would certainly distract from the kickoff of the season, the fact that Goodell obviously is seen as a persona non grata in the New England area probably had a tangible impact upon his decision to steer clear of Gillette Stadium for that particular game … or any other Patriots home game for the foreseeable future, for that matter.
[H/T Pro Football Talk]