Mark Wahlberg may be a successful Hollywood actor and a doting husband and dad now, but he wasn’t always on the straight and narrow. During his younger years, he was a bit of a thug in the truest sense, and drugs and crime were the name of the game and he got into some serious trouble. The worst of it seems to be a 1988 incident in which he assaulted a man and left him permanently blind. Well, he wants us – and the law – to forget all that now and he hopes to have it removed from his criminal record.
The movie superstar, now 43, has filed an application with the Massachusetts Board of Pardons, hoping to get his criminal record erased.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” Wahlberg wrote in his pardon application. “Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”
Wahlberg says in the application, filed Nov. 26, that on April 8, 1988, he tried to steal two cases of alcohol from a man outside a convenience store on Dorchester Avenue, hitting him over the head with a stick and then punching another man in the face as he fled from police.
There are far more details on the original source if you’re so inclined to read it. However, another piece on the incident on The Boston Globe website also makes note of an incident 2 years prior, in 1986, in which Wahlberg and a friend followed two 9-year-old black school girls on a field trip, threw rocks at them and hurled racial slurs. Lovely.
Frankly, Mark Wahlberg has always struck me as a right dickhead, and while I’m sure he’s changed in some way – because people are capable of it, especially when millions of dollars are on the line – but like… I dunno. A person who has that in them in the first place would have to do a LOT of work on themselves – and perhaps with mental health professionals – to truly say they’ve changed. Has Mark Wahlberg? Eh, I dunno if that’s for any of us to decide.