America is currently going through a ‘change’ that we are all privy to witness, and one of those includes taking back some of their ambassadors, including our own, as we say goodbye to Woody and the Jets.
It was the first time for us Brits to have an Ambassador who actually owned an NFL team. While previous ambassadors have been supportive of the NFL pushing forward in Europe, it was NY Jets owner Woody who was bullish on more London games.
Given that Woody’s family owned the Jets, you can understand why he may not have wanted to spend any time on US soil in 2020. Thankfully by adding new head coach Robert Saleh, Woody can finally show his face with pride, as the Jets are on their way up! Or…on their way on a gradual slide to somewhere.
Woody’s time in London was not without his problems however, as being a minion of former President Trump brings with it a whole bunch of baggage. Let’s not forget the pressure that Trump put on Woody to move the British Open to his Scottish golf course. These type of unpresidential moves were not uncommon for Trump, and always awkward for any of his mouth pieces.
Numerous reports also emerged of Embassy staff feeling uncomfortable around Ambassador Johnson, for making ‘inappropriate and insensitive’ comments. Perhaps Woody was just repeating things that Jets fans say every time they lose to a division opponent? It’s all about context.
So what will Johnson do know that he is no longer Ambassador to the UK?
He could always go back & get directly involved with the New York Jets? Although for many in the organisation it might just feel like an extended ‘take you kid to work day.’
He could fall back on his billions inherited from his Johnson & Johnson family empire. The company has been in the mix to make Covid vaccines, which is a far cry from the trouble they got in for selling baby powder that caused ass cancer.
Of course if Woody Johnson really wants to help, he can go back to Donald Trump and see if any fences need a mending.
Because if there is one thing that America has right now…it’s a lot of broken fences. And a wall that needs building.
Grab your toolbox Woody. America needs you.