Don’t mess with Boston! Appearing on Bill Simmons’ new HBO sports talk show, Any Given Wednesday, on Wednesday, June 22, Ben Affleck launched into a passionate — and expletive-laced — tirade blasting pal Tom Brady’s treatment during the New England Patriots’ 2015 Deflategate scandal.
“Deflategate is the ultimate bulls–t f–king outrage of sports ever,” the Boston-bred actor, 43, said, gesturing animatedly and seemingly slurring his speech. “It’s so f–king stupid that I can’t believe it.”
Brady, 38, was ultimately issued a four-game suspension for the start of the 2016 season after an investigation revealed that the quarterback was "at least generally aware" that Patriots staffers had tampered with footballs ahead of the team's AFC Championship Game in January 2015.
The actor also took issue with the fact that Gisele Bundchen’s husband came under fire for refusing to hand over his cellphone to investigators.
“I would never give an organization as leak prone as the NFL my f–king cellphone so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voice mails,” argued the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star, who split from wife Jennifer Garner, 44, in June 2015.
“Maybe it’s just funny, lovely sex messages from his wife," he continued. "Maybe Tom Brady is just 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 coworkers.”
While host Simmons, 46, chimed in briefly during the debut episode, a red-faced Affleck continued to dominate the nearly five-minute discussion, touching on everything from the science behind inflation to his thoughts on Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
“I talk to f–king football players, pro football players,” said the dad of Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4. “Across the board, they think it’s bulls–t.”
Check out shocked viewers' reactions below:
— Lawrence JR (@LoR1975) June 23, 2016
Ben Affleck's rant is fantastic. Dead serious. Love this.
— Kyle Ratke (@Kyle_Ratke) June 23, 2016
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