The NFL had reached out to Scarborough Police to watch over Roger Goodell's home after the Tom Brady ruling according to reports.
Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton has said the NFL did reach out to his department yesterday after the NFL Commissioner upheld the four-game suspension of the New England Patriots quarterback for the Deflategate scandal.
The Police Chief said according to the Portland Press Herald: "They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular. We’re aware of the situation and will be patrolling the area certainly.”
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Moulton said there hadn't been any problems or threats yet since the decision, and they weren't planning any special protection for the 56-year-old either. However, he wouldn't say if the NFL Commissioner was in town either.
Apparently, Goodell owns a $6.5 million house on Bohemia Way in Scarborough, Maine. He is married to Jane Skinner who is a former reporter for WCSH-TV in Portland.
This isn't the first time Scarborough have kept an eye on the reaction to decisions made by the Goodell.
The Police Chief said: “In the past, when there have been unpopular decisions, there have been emails and things. I wouldn’t say it rose to the level of threats, but certainly expressing unhappiness.”
Goodell hasn't been one of the most popular NFL Commissioners since taking office before the start of the 2006 NFL season.
He has had to make decisions on several different controversies including Spygate and Bountygate, as well as sort out lockouts such as the NFL lockout in 2011 and the referee lockout in 2012.
Most fans will remember Goodell though for his poor judgement in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, where he failed to evaluate the whole incident correctly and initially gave Rice a lesser punishment than deserved in July 2014.
He eventually went back on his word after viewing the video evidence of the incident, but this was too late for many and he was asked by several to resign as NFL Commissioner. He reportedly said he hadn't seen the video before Rice's initial suspension was announced in September 2014.
Many have said the NFL had received the video before the suspension ruling and Goodell was covering that fact up. The Associated Press reported that the tape was sent to a league executive earlier that year in April.
The final conclusion on the Deflategate and Tom Brady's suspension is yet to come as the Patriots have now taken the case to court after appealing the decision made by the NFL.
If more controversy emerges from Goodell like it has done in the past in these type of situations, expect even more people to be asking for his resignation when this case comes to its final conclusion.
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