Roger Goodell's Wife Admits to 'Silly' Thing She Did Online

NFL commish's spouse confesses she was behind mystery account defending him on Twitter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2017 8:54 AM CDT
Roger Goodell's 'Secret Admirer' on Twitter: His Own Wife
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, arrive at the inaugural NFL Honors show on Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/David Stluka)

For better for worse, for richer or poorer, through the good tweets and the bad. It's not clear if that last part was included in Roger Goodell's wedding vows, but the NFL commissioner's wife, Jane Skinner Goodell, admitted Thursday to what Deadspin calls a "ride-or-die" move online. The Wall Street Journal reports on a mysterious @forargument Twitter account under the name "Jones Smith" that's been rushing to Goodell's defense in recent months. The Journal followed the "social-media breadcrumbs" to figure out more than a dozen tweets sent from the since-deleted account were from Skinner Goodell, which she now admits to. "It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration—and love," Skinner Goodell says in a statement, noting she did so in part as a "former media member" (she's an ex-Fox News host) concerned about inaccurate coverage.

The tweets she put up, which the Journal notes were barely acknowledged online, rebutted posts written about everything from her husband's response to the NFL anthem protests to a historical note on a 1970s attack on her father-in-law, GOP Sen. Charles Goodell. The Journal describes how it figured out it was her, scouring the Twitter account to see who the account followed and finding—among media outlets, sports personalities, and even Ryan Seacreast—a handful of accounts linked to the high school attended by her twin daughters with Goodell. "I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love—and I always will," she writes in her statement about the man she's been married to for 20 years. "I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!" An NFL rep says Goodell himself was unaware of his wife's "secret admirer" account. (Read more Roger Goodell stories.)

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