NFL Commissioner Goodell on the Border Patrol Ad
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, why did you refuse to allow the U.S. Border Patrol to advertise during the Super Bowl?
Mulva, we just feel it's a controversial topic.
But, sir, the ad talked about preventing the entry of terrorists and weapons into the United States. Helping to detect the unlawful entry of undocumented aliens... and helping to stop drug smuggling along the borders. What's controversial about any of those Border Patrol duties?
Well, Bovary, we just feel that the immigration debate itself is a very controversial issue, and we were sensitive to any perception we were injecting ourselves into that.
Commissioner, what do you say to your detractors who claim that this is a shameless attempt to avoid upsetting the emerging Latin America football market?
Honestly, Hest, nothing could be further from the truth. We're just trying to avoid a political firestorm here.
But since the vast majority of Americans favor securing our borders and increasing the number of Border Patrol agents, how is this a political controversy?
Dolores, I've really said all I'm going to say on this -- Hey, Jimmy! JIMMY!!
Jimmy, all of those guys are sneaking into the stadium without paying!
Those guys are sneaking into the stadium illegally! They haven't got tickets!! What the hell??
Sir... sir... Commissioner... wait... sir... don't you find that just a tad ironic?
I have no idea what you're talking about, Doris, these people are sneaking into my stadium illegally. This interview is over.
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