Until this week, Roger Goodell had a staunch defender on Twitter who, as @forargument, would periodically tweet media outlets and people critical of the NFL commissioner.
The account had no picture or followers and was attributed to someone named “Jones smith,” which, after a bit of sniffing around, was revealed by the Wall Street Journal to be former Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, the daughter of prominent Chicago attorney and one-time White House Chief of Staff Samuel K. Skinner.
And her married name is – wait for it – Jane Skinner Goodell.
As in Mrs. Roger Goodell.
“It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration—and love.” she said in a written statement to the Journal on Thursday. “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!”
The @forargument account was taken private not long after the newspaper asked Goodell’s wife for a comment, and then deleted, the newspaper said.
An NFL spokesman told the Journal that the commissioner was unaware of his wife’s secret Twitter account and efforts on his behalf
As @forargument, she reportedly took exception to the Journal’s Jason Gay this summer posting a picture of the commissioner with a trio of young men in Patriots jerseys and a joke referring to them as “three guys who will be disowned by their families tomorrow.
“Why is everyone so immature? (including you?)” “Jones smith” tweeted to Gay.
When NBC Sports’ @ProFootballTalk last month said solving the league’s anthem crisis was “on the commissioner,” @forargument shot back: “Please do better reporting. He is already doing this. You are behind.”
Jane Skinner, a graduate of Lake Forest High School and Northwestern University, married Roger Goodell in 1997, nine years before he became commissioner. She walked away from the daytime show she co-hosted on Fox News in 2010 after 12 years with the cable channel. Announcing her departure to viewers, “a break from the business," she cited her husband’s increasingly busy schedule and their twin daughters.
Her father, now of counsel with Greenberg Traurig, was Secretary of Transportation and White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois under President Gerald Ford, chairman and chief executive of USF Corporation, president of Commonwealth Edison and for a time chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.