Ben Affleck Gets Heated Talking About ‘Deflategate’ With Bill Simmons
Ben Affleck, the Boston-bred diehard New England Patriots fan, thinks that the “deflategate” scandal following quarterback Tom Brady is an outrage.
Ben Affleck On Deflategate
Affleck was recently a guest on the HBO series premiere of Bill Simmons‘ Any Given Wednesday. When Simmons brought up the matter of deflategate, Affleck went on an extended expletive-filled rant, condemning the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Deflategate is the ultimate bulls–t f–king outrage of sports ever. It’s so f–king stupid that I can’t believe [it],” Affleck shouted. “They gave him a suspension for a quarter of the season, which would be equivalent of suspending a baseball player for 40 f–king days—40 quarter days, to be exact. Which is what they do when you get busted taking steroids. And by the way, if the NFL really knew how to test for steroids and HGH, there’d be no f–king NFL. So instead, what they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his f–king cell phone and for having a friend who called himself the deflator.”
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Affleck went on to support Brady’s decision to keep his cellphone out of the hands of the NFL, admitting that were he in a similar situation he would have done the same thing.
“You wanna give a guy—because he doesn’t give you his cell phone—a punishment? I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my f–king cell phone so you can just look through my e-mails and listen to my voicemails. The first thing they’re going to do is leak this s–t.,” Affleck said. “I don’t know. Maybe it’s funny, lovely sex messages from his wife [Gisele Bündchen]. Maybe it’s just friendly messages from his wife. Maybe Tom Brady is so f–king classy and such a f–king gentleman that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion of some of his co-workers: guys he plays with, guys he plays against.”
Towards the end of his blistering attack on the NFL, Affleck pointed out that the league is making a bigger deal out of a slightly deflated football than its ongoing domestic abuse problem.
“We haven’t done anything to address this crisis of domestic violence in the NFL. But the f–king football better not be eight percent lighter. ‘And if I find out it is, you’re gone for four games!'”
After the episode of Any Given Wednesday aired, many pointed out that Affleck appeared to be slurring his words as he indiscriminately dropped f-bombs on the show and may have been drunk for the interview. Simmons defended Affleck on Twitter, saying that the actor was merely “fired up.”
BTW – we taped AGW in the late-AM, Ben got fired up about DeflateGate during the convo, that’s it.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 23, 2016
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