Is Mark Wahlberg Using ‘Ballers’ To Troll Roger Goodell?
Last week, noted Tom Brady enthusiast and anthropomorphic Red Sox tattoo Mark Wahlberg told ESPN's Mike & Mike that Roger Goodell took issue with the HBO show Ballers; of which Wahlberg is an executive producer. According to Wahlberg, the NFL commissioner called him personally to tell him "you can't do this."
We never learn exactly what "this" is, but the insinuation is that Goodell took issue with the fact that they were bringing in real NFL players to star in the show. Or perhaps he was referring to show itself. Who knows, really.
Of course, the Senior Vice President of Communications for the NFL is now flat out denying that any communication from Goodell every took place.
It's shocking to hear the NFL deny that they were involved in something so frivolous. Just shocking.
What Ravitz said is probably true, but she didn't deny that someone else from the NFL reached out on the commissioner's behalf. I mean, the story itself isn't that hard to believe right? It's definitely unlikely that there was ever an actual call between Goodell cand Wahlberg, but it's hard to imagine that the NFL didn't insert itself into the situation in some way or another. That's what they do. The NFL is one of the most high-profile organizations in the world. There's no way they are just letting players go on an HBO show about their league, which shows players doing drugs, drinking and engaging in promiscuity, without having their say.
So the most likely scenario is that an exchange happened between the makers of Ballers and someone in the NFL's communications department. Then Wahlberg exaggerated a little by throwing Goodell's name out there. And why the hell wouldn't he?
Wahlberg has nothing to lose and everything to gain by messing with Goodell. Whether you agree with Brady's four-game suspension or not, you have to appreciate the fact that his friends are going to stand up for him. Wahlberg is an A-list celebrity with a ton of power in his own industry, and he's far outside of Goodell's jurisdiction. Not to mention he just happens to be executive producing a show about NFL players.
This was the perfect opportunity to make Goodell look bad, and if Wahlberg had to flirt with the edges of the truth a little bit, then so be it. Even if the entire thing is a lie, there is no one that deserves to be on the wrong end of a petty smear campaign more than Goodell. It does no damage to him professionally, but anything that makes him look like a jerk in the court of public opinion is fine by me.
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