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On Twitter, Ben Affleck defends his profanity-laced support for Tom Brady

Technically Incorrect: In one of the more memorable interviews with HBO's Bill Simmons, Affleck invoked Deflategate and, well, human reproductive practices. He says he has no regrets.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


His ire was inflated.

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It was impassioned.

But when you're defending a slur on the reputation of your hometown quarterback, your blood boils and the flaming words spill out. Other words beginning with "f" spill out too.

At least if you're Ben Affleck.

The actor, director and Batman appeared on Wednesday night with Bill Simmons on Simmons' new HBO show, "Any Given Wednesday."

Naturally, one of the core topics was Deflategate.

Should this event have flattened itself in your mind, it involved the accusation that New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady ordered balls to be deflated to his preferred, nonstandard squeezeability for the AFC championship game last year.

For this, he ultimately received a four-game suspension from the NFL. Football's governing body claimed that Brady throwing away his cell phone suggested he had something to hide. (Brady claimed he'd simply switched from a Samsung device to an iPhone.)

Affleck, famed Bostonian, is still outraged. He told Simmons, "What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four games for not giving them his f***ing cell phone."

He added, "Not giving your telephone -- they're not the FBI. You're not required -- this isn't a f***ing federal subpoena."

As you might have concluded, this interview included quite some f-words.

Some viewers were shocked. But on Thursday, Affleck shot back on Twitter: "We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode."

The NFL didn't exactly have science on its side.

And at the core, Affleck makes an important point about technology and the workplace.

Increasingly, employers seem to be keen to have you reveal your technological innards. Why, if a business wants to, it can even hire a new startup called Score Assured to scrape all your private Facebook messages for content and "analyze" it for trends and meanings.

The NFL didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Affleck did admit his passion might have caused him to curse too much.

"For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f*cks about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient," he tweeted.