Ben Affleck Goes on Expletive-Laden Deflategate Rant on Bill Simmons’ New HBO Show

Ben Affleck Deflategate Video
Courtesy of HBO

UPDATED: Bill Simmons premiered his new HBO talk show on Wednesday that featured a very candid Ben Affleck, who went all Dark Knight on the “Any Given Wednesday” host when he brought up Tom Brady’s NFL suspension.

“Deflategate is the ultimate bull—t f—ing outrage of sports,” Affleck seethed.

Brady, who plays for the actor-director’s hometown New England Patriots, was suspended earlier this year by the NFL for 4 games this upcoming season for his role in deflating footballs before a 2015 playoff game.

“They haven’t done anything to address this crisis of domestic violence in the NFL, but the f—ing football better not be eight percent lighter,” Affleck said to Simmons, a fellow Boston native.

“If the NFL really knew how to test for steroids, there’d be no f—ing NFL.”

Social media commenters thought something was off about Affleck, who appeared flustered and occasionally slurred his words during the interview.

The day after his rant aired, Affleck issued an unapologetic statement. “For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f*cks about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient,” he wrote on his Twitter. “We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode. #GoPats”

Watch the video below:

On “Any Given Wednesday,” Affleck went on: “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 or 15 years…these are guys who work for the f—ing Jets, Broncos… who are now going, ‘Get him! Hang him!’ because they now have some slight, flimsy f—ing pretense.”

The “Batman v Superman” star, one of two guests on the first episode of “Any Given Wednesday,” along with NBA analyst Charles Barkley, who also used the f-word during the show’s outtakes, appeared calm and self-deprecating when discussing his acting and directing career before the deflategate rant (he also hinted at being offered a “Star Wars” directing gig at one point, though Affleck declined to elaborate on the specifics).

Affleck, 43, is currently filming “Justice League,” DC’s superhero equivalent of “The Avengers.” The Zack Snyder-directed film is due in November 2017.

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  1. Bob Skafish says:

    In the mid west we refer to them as New Cheatland.

  2. Ray Duncan says:

    why don’t you put your time to something more not to be a laughing stock in your next movie,or maybe the poor,vets homeless.f your sports teams

  3. BillUSA says:

    That’s what I like. Someone who has their priorities in life set right. Only a narcissistic bore with too much time and money on his hands would let something like Deflategate show the world how easy it is to get under his skin. And I’m a football fan.

    Nope, I think BenDamon…er, Benjamin’s rant is really his frustration with that Batbomb movie otherwise known as “Batman vs. Superman”. He couldn’t cut it as Daredevil, and certainly did worse as the Caped Crusader.

    • jedi77 says:

      With respect, but the jury pretty much decided his Batman was the only good thing in that tird of a movie.
      He did really well in that part.

  4. JD says:

    So knocking up your current girlfriend and leaving her while she’s pregnant for a super model is so “FN classy”??
    Oh, sorry I forgot this is coming from a drunken adulterer

  5. I had no idea he was so passionate about sports! I’m not going to get mad about him using a couple of cuss words. He seems to have a good heart and obviously cares about people.

  6. Jo Mama says:

    “If the NFL really knew how to test for steroids, there’d be no f—ing NFL.”

    WE ALL KNOW THIS, BABY BEN! IT’S CALLED MONEY! Even if they tested diligently and smartly during the season, it still gives players half the year to juice up with your training regimen (leaves the body quickly). Plus, the lawbreakers, especially in scientific regards, will always be one or two steps ahead of the legislation. So not only is it a losing battle for the screeners, but why would they want to kill their golden geese? Are you saying high steroid use is directly correlated to high domestic violence? Because I have no idea how the NFL could even begin to fix that, it’s a cultural thing. They like to hit their women, everyone knows this. Show me the white athletes behaving that way.

  7. Leon says:

    Tom brady was framed. Espn lies the nfl is corrupt.

  8. J says:

    Are you kidding me have another drink Benny boy what a dip shit. Wow go back and make your crappy movies. Oh ya keep your dick in your pants. You have a beautiful wife and you messed that up get back in the real world.

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