Roger Goodell: Trump has made things hard for me at home

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  • “It makes my job harder at home, too,” Goodell said
  • Trump has been critical of the NFL commissioner

Asked whether his job was harder with Trump’s ascension, at a DealBook conference in New York, Goodell pivoted to how it challenged his home life.

“It makes my job harder at home, too,” Goodell said. “I have twin daughters and a wife, so I have to explain that to them. So, that’s yes on that front.”

Trump has been critical of the NFL commissioner, who became a lightning rod for controversy when the league suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the “Deflategate” scandal. Trump has claimed the Patriots quarterback as a major supporter.

Goodell nevertheless heralded how both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had handled themselves in the wake of Tuesday’s upset.

“I think our country has to have more respect for one another, and we have to unite. I saw some very positive signs of that yesterday,” he said. “We have to unite. We have to address some of the issues and work together. President-elect Trump is our president, so let’s get behind him.”

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