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If Roger Goodell comes to Foxborough, Tom Brady is OK with it

Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 34-16 victory over Houston on Saturday.
Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 34-16 victory over Houston on Saturday.AP

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took the high road on Monday when asked about a pair of sensitive issues.

In an interview on WEEI, Brady was asked about the possibility of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attending Sunday’s AFC Championship Game in Foxborough. Some have speculated Goodell ought to visit Gillette Stadium this weekend because he was in Atlanta – where the NFC Championship will be played – for a divisional round game last weekend.

“He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do. If he wants to come, that would be, yeah, he can come,” Brady said. “He can go wherever he wants to go. Whoever is at the game is at the game.”


Goodell has not been seen at Gillette Stadium since he punished the Patriots and Brady for Deflategate. On a pregame interview on The Sports Hub, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said teams do not extend invitations to Goodell and that the league arranges his appearances.

“I don’t know how they determine where he goes,” Kraft said.

Brady was also asked Monday about a tweet from an opponent – Seattle’s Earl Thomas – that was posted during the Patriots’ victory over the Texans Saturday. Thomas asserted Brady and the Patriots have an easy road because of the division in which they play.

“I love Earl. I think he’s a hell of a player. I really wish him the best in his recovery,” Brady said.

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