Ben Affleck was one “Nomar!” away from becoming the ultimate Boston sports fan on the debut episode of Bill Simmons’ HBO series Any Given Wednesday, calling the Tom Brady Deflategate scandal “the ultimate bullsh– f—ing outrage of sports ever.”
Affleck, who appeared at the end of the show, spent the first part of his interview discussing his acting and directing career. But his energy boosted significantly when Simmons asked about the NFL scandal, which left Brady suspended for four games in the upcoming season. (The New England Patriots quarterback was sidelined by the league because he allegedly participated in a plot to deflate footballs by 8 percent before the AFC Championship Game in 2015.)
“I talked to f—ng football players across the board, they think it’s bullsh–,” Affleck said during his extended rant. The Batman actor also took the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to task for its handling of Brady.
“This is a conspiracy of people working inside the NFL who all come from organizations that Tom Brady whipped their ass over the last 10 and 15 years. There’s guys who worked for the f—ing Jets, f—ing Broncos and everybody else, who are now going, ‘Yeah, hang him!'”
Affleck, who was born in California but raised in Massachusetts, called the entire scandal “a f—ing ridiculous smear campaign.”
“Goodell doesn’t have the integrity, doesn’t have the decency to say, ‘You know, this is stupid, I was wrong,'” Affleck said of Brady’s suspension, which was first overturned by a judge before being reinstated by another judge this year.
Affleck ended his rant by calling out the NFL for its domestic violence policies, mocking the league for its inaction. “We haven’t done anything to address this crisis in domestic violence in the NFL, but the f—ing football better not be 8 percent lighter,” Affleck said. “And if we find out it is, you’re gone for four games.”