Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

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.

This fall Thursday Night Football will be streamed live @twitter so fans will see more of this.

— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) April 5, 2016

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.

@nflcommish Personally, I can't wait for more concussions @twitter

— Patrick Patel (@HotRodBlago30) April 5, 2016

.@nflcommish @twitter first tweet since beginning of CTE, concussion lawsuits? Huh...

— Charlie (@charolyn_) April 5, 2016

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.

@nflcommish I'll believe it when the @nytimes reports it.

— Power Puff Duke (@DukeOfAwesome) April 5, 2016

Josh Gordon

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.

@nflcommish @twitter how about a Josh Gordon update. Going on 3 months.

— Dom Rapp (@SirDomRapp) April 5, 2016

@nflcommish @twitter is @JOSH_GORDONXII in or what?!

— Mike Kaser (@kaser_mike) April 5, 2016


— Dale (@FatherElectron) April 5, 2016


— rc_beatz (@radiCLEcitizeN) April 5, 2016

@nflcommish @twitter Re-instate Flash Gordon U muggle

— Brian Reingold (@wingnprayer) April 5, 2016


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 @twitter give the pats their first round pick back! Then give your notice that you're no longer going to be the commissioner

— Christina Lynn (@ChristinaLPro) April 5, 2016

@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 @twitter Will there be a ref cam, where they check the air pressure in footballs?

— CRL (@Lindowitz) April 5, 2016

@nflcommish @twitter @NFL How about we see more of the PSI data you compiled last season? Let me guess, it exonerates NWE of any wrongdoing?

— FirstdownFaulk (@Phillipsmj1979) 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

L.A. Rams

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

@nflcommish thank you for allowing the Rams to be stolen from STL. As PSL holders in STL our family was devastated. Now liberated! #noThanx

— Dan Palen (@rdpalen) April 5, 2016

Domestic violence

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.

@nflcommish so first tweet since 2014. Care to comment on hiding Rice tape? Framing Brady? Greg Hardy? #StillWaiting

— Rex Dart (@the_eskimo_spy) April 5, 2016

Roger Goodell tweeted for the first time since he botched the handling of the woman beaters. Nice.

— WDW Vacationer (@WDWVacationer) April 5, 2016

General hatred

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 @twitter please resign.

— Trey Bates (@pbates1) April 5, 2016

@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

@nflcommish @twitter

— OntoSB51 (@PatsMilitia12) April 5, 2016

@nflcommish @twitter on a personal level I think you are not a good person

— Corey (@SemiBiasedBos) April 5, 2016

NFL fans are a tough crowd.