Billionaire Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV is the great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson I, co-founder of Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest American corporations. J & J is known for its consumer brands including Tylenol and Band-Aid.
Woody Johnson and his brother Christopher Johnson bought the NFL team the New York Jets for $635 million in 2000.
Woody Johnson is also known as a contributor to Republican presidential campaigns including those of George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and President Donald J. Trump.
On June 22, 2017, Trump nominated Johnson for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
When the New York Jets released the statement above regarding the Black Lives Matter response to the murder of George Floyd, many Jets fans left angry replies. The statement was controversial for many, who wondered why it failed to mention “police brutality” or “Black Lives Matter.”
The most prominent among these messages included: “stop contributing to the Trump campaign and mention POLICE BRUTALITY by name”; “Please have ownership stop contributing to the Trump campaign“; “If you truly believe this, stop financing 45“; and “this is useless, Woody is bff’s w trump,” among others.
Factoid: When Woody Johnson’s first wife, Sale Johnson, married former NFL star Ahmad Rashad in 2007 in New York City, Donald Trump was a guest.