NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was scheduled to speak today at a dark alley near the intersection of Bourbon Street and St. Ann Street in New Orleans' famed French Quarter.
"I'm really excited," said Goodell before leaving. "I haven't exactly had the warmest welcome here in New Orleans due to all of the fallout from the bounty stuff, so I'm glad to see that maybe Saints fans are moving past it."
Goodell received a note, written ransom note style, under his hotel door this morning. It read:
Commissioner Goodell –
You are invited to speak at an alley near Bourbon and St. Ann Streets on Thursday at 12 noon SHARP. Come alone.
This is totally not a trap or anything.
Signed, Really nice and safe people who wish you no harm
"It seemed nice and welcoming to me," the commissioner said of the note. "Most of the packages outside my door this week have been ticking or have powder all over them. I was happy to get one that wasn't dangerous."
A smiling Goodell left his hotel at 11:45 a.m., clutching remarks titled "Moving Past Disagreement to Friendship," and was seen walking in the direction of Bourbon Street and St. Ann Street.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said he expected Goodell to have been back by now.
"I'm sure it's nothing to worry about. He probably just hit it off with the fans and decided to stick around a little longer," Aiello added, as police cars sped past him in the direction of Bourbon and St. Ann streets. "Roger is really nice if you get to know him and don't just, say, stab him or something right when he turns the corner."