Mark Wahlberg blames son's profane temper tantrum for early Super Bowl LI exit

Mark Wahlberg caught a lot of flack for leaving last season’s Super Bowl when the Patriots were down. (Getty)

Mark Wahlberg is about as Boston as it gets.

Sure, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, David Ortiz and Larry Bird are just as synonymous with the city. But it’s hard to find anyone who flouts his Beantown cred more than Wahlberg.

Which is why it was so disappointing to his fellow Massachusetts faithful when Wahlberg left early during last season’s Super Bowl when the Atlanta Falcons had the New England Patriots on the ropes, only to miss the greatest comeback in the history of the sport.

Seriously. Boston sports fans take that stuff personally. In a not rational way.

At the time, he said it was because his son wasn’t feeling well.

In a recent interview, he shed some light on his then 8-year-old son’s, ahem, ailment. The departure didn’t have as much to do with his health, but his f-bomb laden tirade.

From Wahlberg’s interview with Men’s Health’s Stephen Rodrick:

“He was spitting out F-bombs and going crazy. It was bad,” says Wahlberg, shuddering as if he’s reliving the moment. “He was lying down on the carpet. He was very upset.” Rhea (Durham) wanted to stay, but Wahlberg wasn’t having it and left with his boy.


I ask Wahlberg if his son learned a valuable lesson about not giving up on your team, and he laughs. “Heck no. He’s a vicious sore loser. He wants the ball. He hates when his brother gets it. When he doesn’t get the ball, he goes crazy. He throws rocks.”

File this story under: things you learn that are not at all surprising.

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