Roger Goodell's House Watched by Police Following Tom Brady Suspension Ruling

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 29, 2015

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Police in Scarborough, Maine, were requested to monitor the house of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the league's decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension on Wednesday.

Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton described the situation, referencing previous events after some of Goodell's other polarizing decisions, per the Portland Press Herald's David Hench (h/t Fox Sports):

They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular. We're aware of the situation and will be patrolling the area certainly.

In the past, when there have been unpopular decisions, there have been emails and things. I wouldn't say it rose to the level of threats, but certainly expressing unhappiness.

Goodell has already taken plenty of heat from Patriots owner Robert Kraft for upholding Brady's ban on Tuesday. Kraft ardently defended Brady and believed the legendary signal-caller was being truthful.

"I truly believe what I did in May, given the actual evidence of this situation and the league's history on discipline matters, would make it much easier for the league to exonerate Tom Brady. Unfortunately, I was wrong," said Kraft on Wednesday, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. "I was wrong to put my faith in the league."

Brady took to Facebook to explain his side of the story. Controversy has swirled about the cellphone Brady disposed of, which was thought to have impeded the Deflategate investigation and the collection of evidence therein.

Those who don't enjoy Goodell as the face of the NFL shield and happen to be Brady fans certainly won't be pleased with seeing "Tom Terrific" sidelined for a quarter of the upcoming season. With law enforcement involved to ensure Goodell's safety, the possibility of any threat seems rather neutralized.

The Patriots' deflated football saga stems from their 45-7 dominance over Indianapolis in the AFC title game before they went on to claim Super Bowl XLIX. Last year's second-round draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo will fill in for Brady under center to start New England's defense of the Lombardi Trophy.

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah offered a past pro comparison in his analysis of Garoppolo:

Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks

Re-watched Jimmy Garoppolo tonight...see some Trent Green similarity in play style. Quick feet, quick thru progressions & can extend plays

Although Brady is sidelined for a quarter of the season, it's rather safe to say his job is secure no matter what Garoppolo does.