After his dramatic exit from ESPN last year, Bill Simmons’ new show certainly got off to an explosive start Wednesday night — mostly thanks to guest Ben Affleck‘s bad language.
The Boston-bred actor joined the Boston Sports Guy on the premiere episode of HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday” to talk about — what else? — Boston sports. More specifically, the Deflategate scandal that has haunted the New England Patriots since January 2015.
“Deflategate is the ultimate bulls–t, f–king outrage of sports ever … it’s so f–king stupid,” Affleck raged.
Comparing Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension going into next season to a baseball player being benched for 40 days after being busted for steroids, Affleck said: “If the NFL really knew how to test for steroids, there’d be no f–king NFL.
“I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my cellphone so you can look through my emails and listen to my voicemail,” he added, referring to Brady telling the Wells’s investigation that he had destroyed his phone.
“Maybe it’s funny, lovely sex messages from his wife. Maybe it’s just friendly messages from his wife?,” the “Batman v Superman” actor added.
“I talk to f–king football players, pro football players. Across the board they think it’s bulls–t,” Affleck continued. “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.”
After slamming NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — giving Simmons the opportunity to then bash his “old employer” — Affleck ripped into opposing teams and rival quarterbacks such as Eli Manning.
“We’re running our greatest player ever through … this, this mill of humiliation and shame, which is totally unwarranted for the sake of our own bruised egos and our embarrassment and to paper over our mismanagement,” he said.
Affleck’s constant flood of profanities even appeared to leave Simmons speechless at times, a feat that is harder to do than winning the Super Bowl.
Watch the NSFW video above.
“Any Given Wednesday” airs Wednesdays on HBO at 10 p.m.