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Mark Wahlberg Explains Why He Wants to Be Pardoned, Says It's Not About Entitlement

Mark Wahlberg Explains Why He Wants to Be Pardoned, Says It's Not About Entitlement

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell zip around on a motorcycle while filming scenes for their latest venture together titled Daddy’s Home on Tuesday (December 16) in New Orleans, La.

The 43-year-old actor recently explained why he wants a pardon for his crime of beating up a man back in 1988.

“I think for most people, the initial reaction was, ‘Oh, well he is very successful now, so he just feels a sense of entitlement, he should get a pardon.’ And it wasn’t about that, the only reason why I felt even confident in asking, whether the answer was yes or no, is because of how much work I’ve done to give back and how much I’ve done to better myself and prevent kids from making the kinds of mistakes and working with inner city kids and at risk youth. That’s why I felt comfortable in asking,” Mark told Yahoo.

Mark added about the man, Johnny Trinh, forgiving him for his crime, “I can’t wait to thank him in person and give him a big hug, and being a devout Catholic, the only way to be forgiven is to forgive for him to come out all these years later and tell the truth.”

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  • RayonLight

    For years people where led to believe that he was responsible for crippling that man’s face, when in fact, it was never true. Now that the truth is out, what excuse does the public have to not agree with a pardon. Like him, many people make stupid mistakes when they are young. but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have power to change. He paid his dues, turned his life around, and gives back. So give it to him.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    I still don’t think he should get a pardon. What difference does it make to his life, he couldve just personally apologized to the guy he literally BLINDED in one eye without telling the media and making it a public matter to have everyone talk about him again.

  • dcinsider

    Barf. Devout catholic my left butt cheek. He’s an idiot.

  • dcinsider

    Why? Pardons are extraordinary. Just because he’s done a few movies?

  • reneeroseholland

    Mark (If by chance you would ever see this), you’re missing the entire point of helping and teaching kids. You KEEP the record as a reminder. It’s there on record what you did. You USE that with the kids you help. Tell them this will be on my record forever and I don’t want the same for you. You don’t teach kids that they all can grow up, be successful, make money, marry a gorgeous woman, have it all and GET YOUR RECORD ERASED. By doing this, you’re doing the exact opposite of what you should be doing. You’re sending the wrong message to those kids you say you help. You OWN what you did. You KEEP the record of it. You show those kids where you were and then show them what you became after that. It’s almost as if you think you’ve done enough good deeds throughout the years that yes…you are entitled to a pardon because of all you’ve done since then. You just don’t get it. It doesn’t work like that. While I’m sure Johnny Trinh is a very nice person and forgave you, that also doesn’t give you the right to a pardon. However, IF by some slim chance you get that pardon….you still did the crime. You were still a thug back then. Nothing changes.