Actor Ben Affleck leans in to speak to players and coaches in the Boston Red Sox dugout during their baseball game against the Florida Marlins at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, June 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Elise Amendola
June 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ben Affleck stands by his expletive-filled rant against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell over ''Deflategate.''

During an interview Wednesday on the debut episode of HBO's ''Any Given Wednesday,'' the New England-raised Affleck passionately criticized the NFL and Goodell for suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs during a 2015 playoff game.

The Oscar winner says on Twitter that he used the F-word 18 times during the five-minute diatribe. Upon reflection, he says, ''12 probably would have been sufficient.''

He called the piece ''one of my favorite interviews'' and added, ''(hash)GoPats.''

He also said that he hoped everyone would watch the ''whole episode.'' Affleck was calmer during parts of the interview when he wasn't discussing the Patriots.

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