Sports Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife

16:12  13 october  2017
16:12  13 october  2017 Source:   The Wall Street Journal

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When National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is under attack, as he so often is these days, @forargument is there to fight back.

Wait, who?

The Twitter account, under the name “Jones smith,” has no followers, no profile picture and has been virtually dormant for long periods since its creation in 2014. 

But @forargument has roared to life in the past few months, rising up to vigorously defend Mr. Goodell against perceived attacks on his handling of issues such as the national anthem protests by players.

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Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife

  Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife When media outlets wrote about the NFL commissioner, an anonymous tweeter hit back.Wait, who?

Roger Goodell had a secret defender on Twitter As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom.

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The most frequent sparring partner for @forargument is the nation’s sports media. On Sept. 26, @ProFootballTalk, the Twitter account for the popular NBC Sports blog, tweeted that it was “on the commissioner” to solve the anthem issues.

In response, @forargument tweeted: “Please do better reporting. He is already doing this. You are behind.”

Who is this valiant defender of a man who has so few defenders?

It is Roger Goodell’s wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, The Wall Street Journal confirmed after an examination of the account.

“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration—and love.” Mrs. Goodell said Thursday afternoon in a written statement. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love—and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”

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  Report: Goodell to meet with small group of owners, players on anthem issue NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with a group of about 10 to 12 players and a number of team owners at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday to discuss the handling of the national anthem across the league, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports. The group is not expected to discuss implementing a rule that would make it mandatory for players to stand for the national anthem, however, that matter will be addressed during scheduled owners meetings later in the day.Instead, Goodell and the owners will seek to convince players there's no longer a need to kneel or sit during the national anthem as their protests have met their desired outcome.

Meet Roger Goodell 's Secret Twitter Defender . It turns out the user was actually his wife Jane Skinner Goodell , the Wall Street Journal uncovered and later confirmed. Since the social media unmasking, however, the account has been taken down.

According to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, the wife of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been maintaining a Twitter account in an assumed name for the purposes of periodically defending her husband, primarily against reporters who woul

Within an hour after the Journal reached out to Mrs. Goodell and the NFL, the account was made private. Later, it was taken down completely.

“Sounds like what she did is what every spouse in America would want to do,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

Mrs. Goodell, a former broadcaster, is punching back at a trying time for her husband. The league is in a feud with President Donald Trump over some players’ decisions to kneel during the national anthem. It is embroiled in a legal fight with one of its top stars, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, over a disciplinary issue. The league’s strong TV ratings have sagged the past two seasons.

And the commissioner has a lucrative contract extension—one that is reportedly close, but not yet completed—hanging in the balance.

Amid this firestorm, Mrs. Goodell has covertly worked to change the narrative. All of the 14 tweets from Mrs. Goodell since August are defenses of Mr. Goodell in reply to various publications, including the Journal and prominent sports commentators.

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Roger Goodell 's wife ran a secret Twitter account to fire back at critics of the NFL commissioner and blast coverage of anthem controversy. Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter : His Wife - WSJ.

Roger Goodell ’s Wife Gets Busted Using Secret Twitter Account To Defend Her Husband. The Wall Street Journal reports that Jane Skinner Goodell was defending her husband from criticism over his actions as NFL commissioner via the Twitter account.

Throughout the guerrilla social-media campaign, however, nobody has been paying attention. None of those tweets have elicited replies, likes or retweets.

But @forargument is nothing if not consistent in its support for the commissioner.

In reply to an ESPN article about the NFL’s response to Mr. Trump’s attacks, @forargument admonished the two reporters involved: “Reads like press release from players’ union. You can do better reporting. (D Smith sounds like D Trump with the inaccurate firebombs).” DeMaurice Smith is the head of the NFL Players Association.

“The premise of your article is silly,” @forargument tweeted on Oct. 3 at the Journal after an article about disagreement among league owners over handling of the anthem protests. “What board of directors in this country would all agree on this issue?”

“Why is everyone so immature? (including you?),” @forargument scolded Journal columnist Jason Gay in August.

Her most recent tweet was in response to a tweet from NBC News’s presidential historian, who tweeted a picture of a newspaper article from 1970 titled “Agnew Continues Attack on GOP Senator Goodell,” who is the commissioner’s father.

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  N.F.L. Owners Won’t Penalize Players for Kneeling During Anthem The owners on Tuesday opted not to rewrite regulations to require standing for the anthem and met for hours with players to discuss supporting social causes.The N.F.L. for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military.

Roger Goodell has over half a million followers on Twitter , but few were likely to be more supportive of the NFL commissioner than @forargument. He added that Goodell was unaware of his wife ’s activity.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell 's Wife Used a Secret Twitter Account to Defend Her Husband. The NFL offered a similar response on Thursday and said the commissioner did not know about his wife ’s account. “Sounds like what she did is what every spouse in America would want to do,” NFL

@forargument replied: “Goodell courageous & was right in the end. Leadership is hard. Commish is doing same. Give him credit.”

ESPN, NBC and Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Journal, either couldn’t be immediately reached or didn’t have an immediate comment.

It wasn’t her tweets that gave @forargument away. It was some of the people she follows.

In total, @forargument follows 46 accounts. Between the national outlets, prominent athletes and others (such as Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and a popular account @FemaleTexts), she follows four accounts connected to the high school attended by the Goodells’ twin daughters.

  Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife © Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA

Various other social-media breadcrumbs track to Goodell family members and friends.

Mrs. Goodell, though quiet in recent years, has an impressive résumé. She has experience in the media world and has spent plenty of time in the spotlight.

She and Mr. Goodell married in 1997, and he became commissioner in 2006. She co-hosted a daytime show on Fox News until 2010, when she stepped down saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.

“To do justice to this new life, I’ve decided to take a break from this business,” she said during her on-air farewell.

She doesn’t have a verified Twitter account of her own and has rarely spoken publicly since leaving Fox News. In one exception, she spoke at the NFL Women’s Summit in 2016 before Super Bowl 50, moderating a panel about “Media, Entertainment and Sports as a Platform.”

Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

  Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the "NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem." He adds: "Total disrespect for our great country!" Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Thursday, The Wall Street Journal published a story about Roger Goodell ’s wife – Jane Skinner Goodell – and how she apparently used an anonymous Twitter handle to defend her husband against those on social media criticizing him.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ’s wife has his back. Mrs. Goodell ’s secret online life. An obscure Twitter account under the name Jones Smith, @forargument, has been taking on media outlets over the past few months, exclusively in defense of Roger Goodell .

That a prominent person has a secret Twitter account isn’t altogether surprising. Many high-profile figures use the social-media site covertly to monitor others—without tweeting themselves.

In the past year, enterprising sleuths have found the anonymous accounts purportedly belonging to people such as former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver. Neither of those accounts issued public tweets.

Mrs. Goodell, however, tweeted publicly and challenged big-name outlets in defense of Mr. Goodell. In that way, it falls in line with a tradition of spouses coming to the defense of their significant others.

In 2012, supermodel Gisele Bündchen stuck up for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady saying, “my husband cannot f—ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.” More recently, country pop star Jessie James Decker wrote on Instagram that her husband, Titans receiver Eric Decker, didn’t know he was missing the national anthem when he was in the locker room with the team two weeks ago and the whole team stayed off the field.

Mr. Goodell has his own Twitter account with more than 500,000 followers under the handle @nflcommish. He last tweeted Saturday in Indianapolis, from the Colts’ unveiling of Peyton Manning’s statue outside their stadium. @forargument liked that tweet.

He follows 195 accounts. The NFL spokesman said Mr. Goodell didn’t know about @forargument.

Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem .
President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the "NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem." He adds: "Total disrespect for our great country!" © image image The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017 Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday.

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