Mark Wahlberg: Goodell didn't want NFL players appearing on 'Ballers'

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't a fan of HBO's "Ballers," apparently.

During an interview with ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Friday, Mark Wahlberg - an executive producer for "Ballers" - revealed that Goodell wasn't keen on having players make cameos during the show's first season.

"The first season of the show, the only calls I was getting were from guys like Roger Goodell, saying 'You can't do this,' and various owners in the league," Walberg said.

"And what we were saying is, it's actually a good thing for the league and for the players, because hopefully you'll kind of get the word out there and with the crazy stuff and the financial side of it, hopefully get these guys to realize that they've got to be more careful with what they do with their money."

Wahlberg was able to convince Goodell otherwise, though. Steven Jackson, Antonio Brown, and DeSean Jackson all made appearances on "Ballers" in its first season.

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Mark Wahlberg: Goodell didn't want NFL players appearing on 'Ballers'
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