Skinner Goodell has since deleted the account.
The WSJ found that the Twitter account that regularly criticized reporters was actually run by his wife.
"It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration-and love", she said in a statement. As a former media member, I'm always bothered when the coverage doesn't provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. Mrs. Goodell said Thursday afternoon in a written statement. I'm also a wife and a mom.
With neither a default picture nor any followers, the profile went by the extremely generic name of "Jones Smith". "I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!"
"Reads like a press release from players' union".
Goodell's wife coming to his digital defense is nothing new in sports and media, though it is embarrassing. I have a feeling she'll be back online soon with another account, but with a better strategy for staying in the shadows. Thin-skinned Kevin Durant was recently accused of running a fake Twitter account to take on negative news and opinion about him on social media. The daughter of Samuel Skinner, who was chief of staff and Secretary of Transportation under former president George H.W. Bush, she stepped down from her on-air roles in 2011, announcing that she wanted to spend more time with her family.