Lions asked Matt Patricia about Roger Goodell clown shirt in interview

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- About a year ago, new Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia wore a Roger Goodell T-Shirt while getting off the plane after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LII against the Atlanta Falcons.

The shirt depicted Goodell, the NFL commissioner, with a clown nose. At the time, CBS reported that Goodell was irked by Patricia’s clothing choice. And when Patricia interviewed for jobs this offseason -- at least with the Lions -- his sartorial choice came up.

“It’s not a concern at all,” general manager Bob Quinn said. “Yes, we talked about it, I’d say very briefly.”

Neither Quinn nor team president Rod Wood revealed much about what Patricia, who was officially announced as Detroit’s head coach Wednesday, said about wearing the shirt and the fallout from it. Patricia, during his press conference, was not asked about wearing the shirt.

When Patricia was asked about it at the Super Bowl, he said he was focused on Philadelphia. In July, he deflected those questions by discussing training camp.

Wood said the answer Patricia gave him and Quinn during the interview process was “satisfactory.”

“We did ask the question. I got a very satisfactory answer. I’m not going to tell you what the answer was,” Wood said. “But, and I think Matt has talked to Roger since that event happened.

“I’m not going to comment any further on that. I don’t think it'll affect how Roger views the Detroit Lions, I’ll say that.”