NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media much.
Football fans from across the NFL used the moment as an opportunity to share their grievances about the league and the commissioner with the NFL boss, and there were enough complaints coming in to rival the lengthy list of grievances American colonists listed against King George III in the Declaration of Independence.
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Some on Twitter used language that isn't appropriate to share, but there are still plenty of Tweets that show in a more workplace-friendly way just how disgruntled NFL fans are with Goodell. Here's a breakdown of topics fans want addressed.
Concussions are a growing concern in the NFL for players and fans, and people on Twitter seem to think Roger Goodell could do a better job of managing the issue.
Some even brought up the NFL's ongoing battle against The New York Times' probe into the NFL's handling of concussion research and promotional strategies.
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the league on Jan. 20 following a one-year ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy. But after 60 days passed without a decision from the commissioner, Browns fans started to complain that the NFL is taking its sweet time to decide whether to reinstate Gordon simply because it can. Leaving this decision up in the air makes it difficult for the Browns to start to plan for the 2016 season, and Browns fans are understandably annoyed by the lengthy process.
Naturally plenty of Patriots fans went off on Goodell about various Deflategate issues, including (but not limited to) draft picks, PSI checks, and a possible Tom Brady suspension.
@nflcommish Too bad you were hiding from Twitter when 140 characters could have discredited the incorrect ESPN report of 11 of 12 footballs— Mike Myers (@MikeMyersWriter) April 5, 2016
@nflcommish free Tom Brady— Joe Ringrose (@JoeRingroseESPN) April 5, 2016
@nflcommish give the Pats their first round pick back you hack.— Conrad O'Connell (@conradoconnell) April 5, 2016
Many St. Louis fans took the opportunity to complain about their team's relocation to Los Angeles.
.@nflcommish hey remember when you stole my childhood team from me and didn't tweet about it once during the entire process but this is cool— John (@johnjf125) April 5, 2016
NFL fans did not miss the fact that Goodell has been absent from Twitter ever since incriminating footage of Ray Rice apparently knocking his fiancee out in an elevator leaked, seemingly revealing the NFL's failure to acknowledge how serious the Rice incident was when they originally punished him.
Roger Goodell tweeted for the first time since he botched the handling of the woman beaters. Nice.— WDW Vacationer (@WDWVacationer) April 5, 2016
Then there were the many fans who did not voice specific complaints against the commissioner. Instead, they stuck to showing their general distaste for Goodell.
@nflcommish I can't wait until your offshore bank accounts are found.— idgaf again (@dothefandango) April 5, 2016
@nflcommish go walk into oncoming traffic— Mike (@MCal645) April 5, 2016
@nflcommish You are the most duplicitous, dishonest, deceitful, despicable, underhanded, crooked, loathsome, degenerate there ever was.— Seth J (@J_SethD) April 5, 2016
NFL fans are a tough crowd.