Mark Wahlberg on Deflategate: ‘They don’t like winners, Tom Brady is the best ever’

Mark Wahlberg, a born-and-bred Bostonian, loves everything about the New England Patriots, especially QB Tom Brady. Brady and Wahlberg have been buds for years, and Mark even asked Brady to do a cameo in Ted 2. I won’t get into specifics, but the scene involves Mark’s character and Ted (the anthropomorphized teddy bear) breaking into Tom Brady’s home while he’s asleep – you can see the SuperBowl commercial for the film here.

Anyway, they’re buds. So it’s no surprise that Mark is defending his bud. Mark has been doing some promotional work for Entourage: The Movie (Mark executive produced the HBO series and now the film), and Us Weekly chatted with him about all things Brady, Deflategate and more.

Mark’s reaction to Deflategate: “I don’t know. Listen, obviously I’m a die-hard Patriots fan, I just feel like they’re just trying to keep us down. They’re trying to keep us down. They don’t like winners. Tom is the best ever. Arguably the best ever. He’s probably going to get two more victories when it’s all done. Then he’s going to come help run the team.”

Mark texted Brady when the scandal broke: “I sent him a message — saying from a guy who’s been there, [not to] worry about it. Keep your head up. It will all blow over.’ He just sent me a very funny response. So I knew he was handling it well. They’re comparing him to Alex Rodriguez, I mean, what are you talking about? I’ll always be there to support him. He’s a good friend and the greatest thing to happen to the Patriots.”

[From Us Weekly]

I kind of love all the whining from Bostonians, like the world is against them and their team. I mean, if you love the Patriots, more power to you and God bless. Go ahead and love the Patriots and support them. But don’t act like the world is conspiring against your team when really the NFL is just trying to enforce some rather mundane rules about ball inflation and punish some people who actively obstructed their investigation.

This also bothers me: “…saying from a guy who’s been there, [not to] worry about it.” Tom Brady’s deflated balls = Mark Wahlberg violently assaulting two Vietnamese men in a racially charged hate crime?


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  1. Kiddo says:

    Shut-up, Wahlberg.

    • mimif says:

      His face. My boxing glove.

      ETA: His necklace. 🙊

      • Kiddo says:


        ETA: HIS FACE… worse than necklace.

        ETA: It’s such a shame that someone like Wahlberg has to go through persecution and conspiracies, for withstanding the victims throwing themselves at his fists, and whatnot. When will white men be free from the scourge?

      • Hawkeye says:

        @Kiddo, I’m howling at everything you’ve written on this thread, thank you!

    • Taterho says:

      Leave Tater alone!!!!

      OOps, wrong post.

    • Esmom says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Jib says:

      He’s a bit of a douchebag, no?? And the Patriots fans need to stop their bellyaching. Brady and Co. cheated and got caught. Take your punishment like a man, Brady. I never defended Rodriguez or Clemens or any other Yankee and I am a lifelong Yankees fan. They disappointed me, instead.

  2. Audrey says:

    Truth. Brady will win in court, the wells report is garbage.

    • bella says:


    • Penelope says:

      Couldn’t agree more. The report is a joke and anyone who has bothered to really look into this thing knows that it’s an outrageous bag job. Roger Goodell is the most corrupt, morally reprehensible commissioner in all of pro sports. He’s a disgrace.

      And while I love CB, this site does not do sports well. Stick with what you know and do best.

      • Audrey says:

        Yes, makes me cringe every time i see an article about Brady on this site. I love CB for my gossip fix but sports aren’t their thing

      • AcidRock says:

        The Pats have been popped for cheating before, though. It’s not like this is coming totally out of left field and propped up on a bunch of hot air, and trying to tarnish an otherwise-unblemished team. Their entire legacy already has a tarnish on it, and Brady’s behavior/personality/attitude/arrogance are already off-putting enough. This isn’t a witch hunt, man. This team is straight up shady, no matter what comes out this instance. The team, and the people upset about the investigation, are just a bunch of crybabies.

      • Kitten says:

        +1,000,000, Audrey. I get my sports coverage from sports sites. So many misinformed people commenting, none of whom have ever read the Wells Report.

        The report is complete and utter GARBAGE.

      • Audrey says:

        Acidrock, please actually research their past before saying crap like that. Nothing is tarnished, spygate was videotaping from the wrong location. And not illegal until a 2006 memo, years after they won 3 super bowls in 4 years.

        Videotaping from the right location is still legal and done by every single team.

        That’s it. That’s their dirty past, one tiny thing which was, like this, overblown

    • Lilacflowers says:

      But before it gets to court, it has to go through the farce of Roger Goodell deciding whether or not Roger Goodell acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

      • Audrey says:

        He also has to decide if the testimony of Roger Goodell is credible since he’s being called as a witness

    • jc126 says:

      Totally agree! GO PATS!

  3. Wentworth Miller says:

    Well isn’t he the moral compass.

  4. Jenns says:

    Boston fans are the worst.

    • Audrey says:

      We’re loyal. Brady is an honest man, he’d take responsibility if he did anything. He’s innocent and will prove it

      • bella says:

        we love brady.
        i echo Audrey’s words.

      • AcidRock says:

        “he’d take responsibility if he did anything.” On what, exactly, do you base that assertion? He’s an athlete, paid millions, and out to protect his behind just like anyone else would be. And if this is the case, why act so dodgy and defensive/deflecting when called out on this whole situation?

      • Audrey says:

        Acidrock, he’s not going to lay all of his cards on the table before the appeal. That’s not the smartest move.

      • Jib says:

        OH, please. Take the blinders off. How could a person who has been throwing a football every day for 30+ years NOT know it was too light??

        I’m always amazed at the mental gymnastics people will do to not believe what they don’t want to believe.

    • MrsB says:

      The. Worst. Though, Cowboy fans are pretty terrible as well ( I should know, as I’m married to one😁).

    • nikko says:

      The Patriots cheating, they never should of gone to the super bowl.

  5. Miss M says:


  6. Alexandra says:

    Guess what? We don’t like cheaters and abusive racists d-bags either…

  7. swack says:

    Grow a thicker skin will you. Instead of b!tching about it, the best way to shut others up is to show them by actions. I’m from St. Louis, and the baseball Cardinals are not a loved up team. But every time someone puts them down, you don’t see the fans whining and usually when that happens, the bats come out along with the victories.

  8. jugstorecowboy says:

    Mark Wahlberg is not a good dude for this job. Too much baggage. That said, I hate football and couldn’t care less about this situation, but am relieved this post is not about a “K” or a “D”.

  9. Absolutely says:

    Like I tell my Kindergartener….Winners never cheat, and cheaters never win. Racist, violent douchebags never win either.

    • Hawkeye says:

      Sounds like your kindergartner knows more than Tom Brady and Mark Wahlberg combined.

      • Absolutely says:

        He really does.

      • bella says:

        brady may be *friends* with markie mark, but i don’t think it’s fair to equate their character.
        brady is a gentleman in every sense of the word.
        he will be vindicated in this ridiculous case with the nfl.
        mark wahlberg…let’s say he was young and in with a very tough crowd.
        his actions were vile.
        do we allow a kid to redeem himself?
        seems he has…
        but his name in the same breath with brady?
        no way in regard to character.

      • Absolutely says:

        Sports hero does not = saint

      • bella says:

        my comments on brady’s character have nothing to do with him being a sports hero.
        they speak to the man’s character.

  10. Hawkeye says:

    People who say things like “they don’t like winners” sound like they left their brains at home. Also, Mark, you’re a grown ass man texting another grown ass man about cheating at what amounts to a middle school gym class activity, think about that.

    • Kiddo says:

      It’s just a variation of ‘jelly h8trs’ and comes across as sophomoric. If you think he’s innocent, just say that, instead of acting like the world has colluded to bring you down because they are jealous of your greatness.

      • Hawkeye says:

        Exactly, Kiddo. (However, now that you mention it, I hope that the phrase “jelly h8trs” was used in these texts.)

      • Kitten says:

        …and at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have people who dismiss those of us who side with the Pats as “homers” and “blind fans” (see all the “Pats fans are the worst” or “Boston fans are the worst” comments).

        That overly simplified and semi-defensive way of thinking goes both ways.

        Some of us are actually thinking folks who carefully read The Wells Report as well as the Pats’ response, used critical thinking and neutrality, and still came to the conclusion that the Pats got a shit-deal. Some of us are huge fans of football and have an understanding of the complexities of the game as well as the culture that surrounds it, but also understand the NFL to be big business, and as such subject to corruption and a focus on the bottom-line ($$$).

        Not every Pats fan thinks the world is against us or “jellih8ters” and whatnot.

        Maybe Brady is guilty. I don’t know. But I know for damn sure that The Wells Report proved absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch.
        That’s important because the entire Deflategate scandal hinges on that one report.
        So yeah, unless new info comes out to prove otherwise, I’ll continue to support Brady.

      • Kiddo says:

        You completely missed the point Kitten. I have NO horse in this race. I have no f_cks to give as to whether he is guilty or not. Mark Wahlberg insisting that this issue is similar to something HE experienced and that world hates winners, and is after them, IS childish. It’s like he took a page out of the Kardashian handbook.

      • Kitten says:

        I didn’t miss the point, Kiddo. I simply expounded upon your comment about “jellih8ters” to include my feelings about the Patriots, as they are at least partially the subject of this post.

        I guess I should have left my comment as a stand-alone instead of a reply, but this seemed like a good a place as any to write how I feel about the situation.


      • Kiddo says:

        I’m glad that got fixed.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Kitten, as a labor attorney, if Goodell asked for my advice on this case, I would tell him to fold. There is just too much wrong: the inconsistent procedures used to measure the balls at the game; the weather; the inconsistent punishment accessed for the same offense to four other teams in the past two years;; and you NEVER ask for a union rep’s phone without a court order.

      • Hudson Girl says:

        I have to admit that I am part of the problem; I revel in the sophomoric. Hearing “Jellyh8ters” and “Haters gonna hate” never fails to crack me up even if I am the one criticizing. I’ll try to work on this?

        That said, given the structure of the NFL, I do believe that there is collusion (by the owners) to bring parity back to the NFL. Basically, the other owners are pissed, have been for a while, and can’t seem to get a handle on Belichick. He really is a genius at managing the field AND the Economics of the salary cap limitations.

      • kiddo says:

        Again, the point is WAHLBERG thinks that he’s the winner that people want to bring down, because the world hates winners. He believes this, because he told Brady this. How exactly did the world conspire to do anything against Wahlberg?

        “I’ve been there”. He has had it pretty freakin’ good, considering his past. Talk about insane levels of entitlement and megalomania.

      • Hawkeye says:

        I’d like to say upfront that I don’t mean any offense to fans of Tom Brady, his team, and football in general. I will never understand the investment into professional athletics, but I’m one person and there’s never an excuse to be dismissive of someone else’s feelings. Where I’m coming from in my disdain in this story is that Mark Wahlberg has used it to lasso the spotlight onto himself again in another idiotic fashion. Instead of saying that he believes Tom Brady is innocent and is supporting his friend during this time, he has to establish himself as a victim of an alleged character-tainting conspiracy, underline the fact that he has Tom Brady’s number and knows how to use it, and that he’s seen by someone other than himself as a pillar of strength and moral rectitude to turn to during difficult times.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      You are presuming that Mark Wahlberg had a brain.

  11. T.Fanty says:

    Mark Wahlberg giving an overly simplistic, slightly narcissistic, and ignorant response? Shocking.

  12. briargal says:

    Best ever??? Maybe in the minds of Mark and NE fans. I would have to look at past records to make that determination. Other names come to mind–Bart Starr–Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, John Elway etc. (Too bad Tommy will always have the asterisk (and questions) associated with his name.)

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He’s passed many of the statistics of most of those you list. Overall, the only one still ahead of him as a total QB is Montana.

    • Jib says:

      Yes, Brady will always have multiple asteriks next to his name, just like that cheater Rodriguez of the Yankees. And I’m a Yankees fan. My grandmother had season tickets from the 1920s to the 1990s, when she died. But I’m not deaf and blind to the flaws of human beings who want to win more than anything else. And it seems like Patriots fans get irate that Brady will always be Tom “Asterik” Brady. But he and the Pats brought it on themselves.

  13. lucy2 says:

    “From someone who’s been there”…WTF? He has to be talking about his violent crimes, I can’t think of anything else he’s gotten public flack over. Sure, those are comparable (I’ll say as my eyes roll so hard). Every time he opens his mouth these days, I want to slap him. He needs to shut it.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Maybe he is talking about the tiime he said that if he were on that plane on 911, he would have stopped the terrorists, landed the plane safely, and gave all passengers a hug on their way off the plane….or something like that!

  14. JudyK says:

    Wrong, Wahlberg…they don’t like liars…you know, like the one you are married to.

    • briargal says:

      ??? Are you perhaps thinking of the wrong Wahlberg?? The one who is married to the crazy blonde who was on The View for a nanosecond is Danny Wahlberg.

  15. Alexis says:

    I can’t believe there are Pats fans who think Tom Brady didn’t know about the deflated balls. Like, I understand people thinking it’s not a big enough deal for punishment but the willful ignorance is insane. Also the idea that there’s a witch hunt against the game’s most popular team and player is just silly.

    I write for a living in Garamond size 12. If someone were to change it to size 12.5, heck even 12.25, I would know about it.

    Also Mark Wahlberg is a racist thug. With supporters like that…

    • AcidRock says:

      LOL at Garamond. Very true, though.

      It’s not exactly helping Brady’s case that someone like Wahlberg is championing his side.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Doubtful the Union plans to call Wahlberg as a witness at the arbitration hearing or resulting appeal

    • bella says:

      brady knew the balls were light.
      did he know they were below allowed weight?
      did he specifically say make sure they are below regulated weight?
      those are the issues.
      and he didn’t – plain and simple.

    • Audrey says:

      1) Brady is used to the refs adjusting the pressure during inspections

      2) the balls got wet and cold during the game

      3) he hand picks 24 balls which each feels slightly different. Expecting him to feel a tiny difference is crazy.

      • Kitten says:

        Please stop with the facts and logic! You’re totally f*cking up the narrative, dude.

      • Jib says:

        If he couldn’t feel a tiny difference, after handling balls every day for most of his life, then he is an idiot and a terrible quarterback. I could tell the difference in a basketball’s feel, and I only played up to high school.

        Logic dies when Brady is mentioned.

  16. Dame Heddy says:

    So, Tom Brady is the new Lance Armstrong? I remember McConaughey and Jake Gyllenhaal fiercely defending Armstrong.

    • bella says:

      please don’t compare brady to armstrong!

      oh boy…sad for all of us bostonians to read such things…

  17. icy says:

    Those two are the epitome of #Crimingwhilewhite!!

  18. Cran says:

    I don’t like Mark Walhberg and never have. I think he is and always has been a jerk. I have also never been a fan of any of Bostons sports teams and never will. I believe they field great teams and kudos to them. but their fans whine about everything and act as if they are ALWAYS the underdog and being unfairly attacked. The Patriots hired and paid millions to a man who has been convicted of MURDER. And he is under investigation for his possible involvement in TWO more that occurred prior to the one he is currently serving time for. The Patriots are NOT the only sports team to turn a blind eye to its players off field transgressions in the interest of what is best for the team but Tom Brady is no sweetheart and while he may not have personally deflated the darn footballs or gave direction to do so he is not a stupid man. He knows what’s going on.

    And yes the report is probably full of all kinds of crap because what is really at stake is the brand and the brand is the NFL. The fans haven’t mattered in most sports in years because most of us can’t afford to pay the ludicrous prices for one game let alone season tickets.

    • bella says:

      not sure injecting the hernandez case into this discussion is fair.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Aaron Hernandez was not convicted of murder at the time the Patriots hired him. They cut him from the team when he became a suspect in the Lloyd case, before he was charged. They had to continue paying him through the time of conviction because the union grieved and prevailed. The Baltimore Ravens continue to employ a man involved in a double homicide

    • jc126 says:

      Very deceptive comment and unfair – the Pats cut Hernandez as soon as he became a suspect.

      Forgot to add earlier, I also believe Tom is the best ever!

      • Cran says:

        @ jc126 don’t know if you have had the opportunity to read further but my reply to both LilacFlowers and Bella was that I accepted and understood my Hernandez comments were incorrect.

  19. Jay says:

    In the words of Cartman…. If you cheat and fail, you’re a cheater; if you cheat and succeed, you’re savvy!

  20. StacyErin says:

    Way up… But isn’t he a devout catholic? Which would probably make his “necklace” a rosary? Especially if he goes to mass every morning and evening. (I think he’s said he goes twice on the weekends.)

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Rosaries aren’t supposed to be worn as necklaces. Unless you want my mom to freak out, invoke Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and smack you?

  21. doofus says:


    yeah, that’s all I got. stayin’ out of this one.

  22. Heather says:

    Yes, Mark!! Like Trump said, Brady should sue the NFL for $250 million for this fiasco. The Wells Report – and yes, I am an attorney – is a load of crap. Trying to bring down the best rep for the NFL is just foolish and he should sue for a tarnished reputation, because it will likely hurt his endorsement earning power.

  23. Vampi says:

    It’s more than BALLS…it’s the footsBALLS.
    /love me some football!

  24. db says:

    Wahlberg is such an ass.

  25. bondbabe says:

    No, Mark, pretty much everyone loves a winner; but only those who don’t have to CHEAT to attain that status.