The New England Patriots took every moment of their Super Bowl 51 celebration, and it apparently hurt some feelings around the league.
According to Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports, Patriots owner Robert Kraft calling the win the “sweetest ever,” and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wearing a clown Goodell shirt had “NFL executives seething.”
“The T-shirt really bothered him,” according to one ownership source who had been in contact with big wigs at the league office. “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?”
Patriots fans still have resentment
No one associated with the New England Patriots has forgotten about DeflateGate.
Patriots players, coaches and fans have been relentless in their attack of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and some haven’t forgiven ESPN, either. ESPN asked permission to use one fan’s video of Rob Gronkowski, which was taken during the parade, and he promptly said no.
Signs at the Patriots’ Super Bowl parade were some of the more profane one we’ve seen:
An awkward ceremony
Fans were mercilessly booing Goodell
After fighting over DeflateGate, an investigation more than two years old at this point over the alleged deflating of footballs during the AFC Championship game, Brady finally served his four-game suspension to begin the season.
Brady came back on a vengeance during an admittedly trying season and his revenge couldn’t have been any sweeter as Goodell was forced to hand over the Vince Lombardi trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Patriots.
This has been top-tier trolling, Patriots fans.