Bill Belichick won’t discuss Roger Goodell clown towels at opener
Bill Belichick not surprisingly did not have much to say about the planned distribution of Roger Goodell clown towels for the New England Patriots’ home opener Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Showcasing his Belichick-ian disdain for discussing such matters, the Patriots head coach wasn’t about to get involved in any discussion related to the clown towels.
“Yeah, I’m not really too concerned about all the exterior things with the game,” Belichick said. “We’re just trying to get ready for the Chiefs.”
Inspired by a shirt mocking the NFL commissioner created by Barstool Sports, the clown towel’s inception was prompted by Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wearing one while deplaning following the team’s Super Bowl LI triumph. The shirt depicted Goodell as a clown, down to the big red nose, and allegedly greatly upset the commissioner and NFL brass.
And now Barstool Sports intends to hand out 30,000 towels bearing the same image at Gillette Stadium before Thursday’s game.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has been taking to Twitter of late to demonstrate readiness for the clown towel giveaway.
Towels Anybody? pic.twitter.com/XC27GMO2Rx
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 31, 2017
LETS GOOOOOOOO!!!!! #OperationClownFace pic.twitter.com/PjZ7dNgHbw
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 30, 2017
Barstool Sports is even promoting the clown towels on billboards.
Not only is @barstoolsports handing out Goodell clown towels at the Patriots opener, they also have a whole billboard on Rt. 1 promoting it. pic.twitter.com/Y7TSdQjxsR
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) September 1, 2017
Goodell confirmed last month that he will be in attendance at Gillette Stadium for the Thursday night’s game, which officially kicks off the 2017 NFL season. The notion of 30,000 towels bearing an image of Goodell as clown being waved in unison is sure to be quite the sight if the gambit goes as planned.
Just don’t expect Belichick to allow such a thing to distract either himself or his players ahead of the game, nor even discuss it, for that matter.