Names In The News
WALL STREET JOURNAL's Andrew Beaton in a front-page piece notes the Twitter account @forargument has "roared to life in the past few months, rising up to vigorously defend" NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL against "perceived attacks on his handling of issues such as the national anthem protests by players." The account, under the name "Jones smith," has "no followers, no profile picture and has been virtually dormant for long periods since its creation" in '14. It is run by Goodell’s wife, JANE SKINNER GOODELL. She said in a statement on Thursday, "It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration -- and love. 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!" Within an hour after the Wall Street Journal reached out to Goodell and the NFL, the account was "made private." Later, it was "taken down completely" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/13).
NAMES: Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN on Thursday said that he is "'seriously considering' running for president" and that he "might do so as an independent." He said that "among the factors he's weighing is his wife's thoughts on the matter." Cuban: "If I was single, I'd definitely be running" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 10/13)....Dodgers ballgirls CHRISTINA ZAMBRANA, 27, and AMY MOORE, 26, will "make their postseason debuts Sunday." The two are survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting (L.A. TIMES, 10/13)....The Patriots have joined the Raiders, Steelers and NFL Foundation in contributing $200,000 to Banorte's Fundacion Banorte to "support disaster relief efforts" following last month's earthquake in Mexico City. The Patriots and Raiders are scheduled to play each other in Mexico City on Nov. 19 (ESPN.com, 10/12)....Martinsville Speedway named DALE EARNHARDT JR.’s wife, AMY, the “honorary pace car driver” for the Oct. 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 (MOTORSPORT.com, 10/12).
IN MEMORY: USF Assistant AD/Communications MIKE RADOMSKI, who “primarily served as the media liaison for men’s basketball,” died shortly after 1:00am ET Thursday in a “car accident” (TAMPABAY.com, 10/12).