Scarborough police are keeping an eye on the Prout’s Neck property of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who upheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday – a decision that’s unlikely to sit well with fans of the Super Bowl champions.
The NFL contacted Scarborough police Tuesday. “They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,” said Chief Robbie Moulton.
On Wednesday, the department put out a statement making it clear that it was not asked, and was not providing, any private security.
Moulton said Tuesday that there had been no problems or threats that he was aware of, and police were not planning anything unusual in terms of protection.
“We’re aware of the situation and will be patrolling the area certainly,” Moulton said.
Goodell is believed to own a $6.5 million house on Bohemia Way. Before that, he vacationed in Scarborough over the years. He is married to Jane Skinner, a former reporter for WCSH-TV in Portland. Moulton said the town and the NFL stay in communication throughout the summer. However, he wouldn’t say whether Goodell was in town.
On Tuesday, Goodell upheld the four-game suspension for the star quarterback and Super Bowl MVP, saying Brady destroyed evidence in connection with the probe into whether he was involved in the deflation of footballs used in the AFC championship game.
This isn’t the first time Scarborough police have monitored reaction to decisions made by the NFL commissioner.
“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,” Moulton said.