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Roger Goodell’s wife defended him on Twitter using anonymous account

Lucy Burdge
October 12, 2017 - 5:13 pm

Roger Goodell’s wife has been defending him on Twitter using an anonymous account, as was revealed Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

Jane Skinner Goodell tweeted back at those criticizing her husband using the account "Jones smith" with the handle @forargument. The account gained some attention in the past few months for responding to those bashing the NFL commissioner for his handling of a variety of issues.

@forargument frequently tweeted back at media members ripping Goodell. On Sept. 26, ProFootballTalk tweeted it is “on the commissioner” to solve issues with national anthem protests. @forargument responded, “Please do better reporting. He is already doing this. You are behind.”

When the Wall Street Journal asked Skinner Goodell if she was running the account, she fessed up to it.

“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration—and love,” she said Thursday afternoon in a written statement. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love—and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”

How was her identity uncovered? Skinner Goodell made a few rookie mistakes when it comes to running a secret account.

Of the 46 accounts @forarguement followed, four of them were related to the high school attended by the Goodells’ twin daughters. The Wall Street Journal said other “social-media breadcrumbs” led back to the Goodell family.

The account has since been taken down. Skinner Goodell does not have her own verified Twitter account, but her husband’s @nflcommish account has over 500,000 followers.

“Sounds like what she did is what every spouse in America would want to do,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He also said the commissioner did not know about the @forargument account.

Skinner Goodell was nothing if not aggressive in her efforts to defend her husband on Twitter.

In response to this tweet from Jason Gay:

Skinner Goodell wrote, “Why is everyone so immature? (including you?).”

She also responded to this tweet about the commissioner's father:

“Goodell courageous & was right in the end. Leadership is hard. Commish is doing same. Give him credit,” Skinner Goodell wrote.

Skinner Goodell was the host of a daytime show on Fox News until 2010 when she stepped away to spend more time with her family. Her husband became the NFL commissioner in 2006.

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