Roger Goodell’s Wife Uses Fake Twitter Account To Defend Her Husband From Criticism

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jane Skinner Goodell, at the annual Allen & Co.’s media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, Thursday, July 9, 2009.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

When Roger Goodell is under heavy criticism on Twitter, there’s always a specific twitter account there to defend the NFL commissioner.

The Twitter account “@forargument” is always there to defend Goodell and according to the Wall Street Journal, the anonymous twitter account, which is under the name “Jones smith”  is Jane Skinner, the wife of Roger Goodell.

The Twitter account has no followers, no profile picture and has been tweet-less since it was created in 2014.

But over the last few months, “@forargument” has been tweeting and tweeting often, lashing about against attacks on people who’ve criticized Goodell on the handling of issues such as the National Anthem protests of players.

The most frequent sparring partner for @forargument is the nation’s sports media. On Sept. 26, @ProFootballTalk, the Twitter account for the popular NBC Sports blog, tweeted that it was “on the commissioner” to solve the anthem issues.

In response, @forargument tweeted: “Please do better reporting. He is already doing this. You are behind.”

Here are screen shots of Tweets from WSJ:


Mrs Goodell actually owned up to the account, admitting that she’s indeed “@forargument”, releasing this statement:

“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration—and love. 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!”

Within an hour after the WSJ reached out to Mrs. Goodell and the NFL, the account was made private and eventually deleted.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said this: “Sounds like what she did is what every spouse in America would want to do.”

Skinner’s anonymous twitter account followed 46 accounts including national outlets, famous athletes and the likes of Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and popular account “@FemaleTexts”.

In total, @forargument follows 46 accounts. Between the national outlets, prominent athletes and others (such as  Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and a popular account @FemaleTexts), she follows four accounts connected to the high school attended by the Goodells’ twin daughters.

The NFL spokesman said Mr. Goodell didn’t know about @forargument.


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