Actor Ben Affleck unleashed a bizarre, profanity-laced rant that is quickly going viral (video below).
Affleck appeared on the series premiere HBO’s "Any Given Wednesday" with host Bill Simmons on June 22 and unloaded on Simmons at the very mention of Deflategate and Tom Brady.
“Deflategate is the ultimate bulls--t f--king outrage of sports ever," Affleck said. "It's so f--king stupid that I can't believe [it]."
The rant continued:
They gave him a suspension for a quarter of the regular 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. If I got in trouble for all the things that my friends called themselves, I would be finished, OK? 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 also said that Brady may not have given his cellphone to the NFL because of “funny, lovely sex 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,” he speculated. “His real feelings. I wouldn't want guys who I didn't think were very good to know I didn't think they were very good. I wouldn't want guys who I thought were great to know I thought they were great. I'd want to keep my opinions to myself. Surely his opinions about professional football are contained in his e-mails and his texts in his f--king telephone."
Affleck argued that the NFL was attempting to violate Brady’s privacy with their policy.
“They're not the FBI," he said. "You're not required. This isn't a f--king federal subpoena. You're not required to turn over your bank records. It's outrageous!”
While Deflategate was a major scandal in the league, Affleck said less attention was being paid to more important scandals in the NFL.
“We haven't done anything to address this crisis of domestic violence in the NFL," he said. "But the f--king football better not be eight percent lighter. 'And if I find out it is, you're gone for four games!’”
The actor’s rant quickly went viral, with many theorizing that he was intoxicated during the interview.
“Ben has problems," one viewer wrote in a comment on a YouTube video of the interview. "Slurring and all puffy faced and ranting like an idiot savant. Sounds like he's on Oxy or another opiate painkiller the way he is slurring here. The guy is in a tailspin."
Watch the strange rant below.