Mark Wahlberg: "Hey Sean, it's Mark Wahlberg. We're shooting the second season of 'Ballers' and were wondering if you'd like to make an on-screen appearance during a Saints free agent signing on the show."
Sean Payton: "Oh, well I'm honored Mark, but I'm really bu..."
Mark Wahlberg: "Let me just stop you right there coach. Before you give me an answer, I feel like you should know that Roger Goodell just left me a voicemail threatening to shut down production."
Sean Payton: "See you tomorrow morning."
Yes. That is a completely fabricated conversation, but if you don't think it mildly resembles the process of courting Sean Payton as a cameo then you obviously don't understand how much he loathes Roger Goodell. Sean Payton is the same guy that doesn't let his players do postgame interviews with the 'NFL Network' crew. He's the same guy that would rather run the ball on 3rd and 10 than let his team appear on 'Hard Knocks'. A different HBO series that the NFL happens to be in vehement opposition of, on the other hand? Now you've got his attention.
If there's anything missing from that interaction above it's a "why didn't you say so?" because all Sean Payton needed to warm his feet to the idea of appearing on the show was to hear how cold Roger Goodell had grown on it's existence. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" before. Well, I'm pretty sure that means Sean Payton and 'Ballers' are on a first name basis. So while I don't think he's going to be making weekly appearances or anything, but you can bet your ass it's not some random coincidence that Ricky Jerret signed with the show's representation of the New Orleans Saints. Chances are that they got a 'yes' from Sean Payton before they even finished expanding on that storyline. A Patriots fan as a producer and the Saints coach as a special guest on a television series that glorifies the negativity aspects of professional football? It was like a match made in Roger Goodell's own personal hell. It doesn't make up for the blatant abuse of power during BountyGate or DeflateGate, but it's the best that two guys who were victims (to varying degrees obviously) of those dictatorial mockeries could do to even the score.
P.S. Glad we are on the same page...
P.P.S. Fun fact...
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