During an episode of The Practice, the context can be understood from the actor's whole line.

Ellenor: Now, I suppose it is politically incorrect to call cancer victims a bunch of whiners, but let's fess up. No other lawyer would touch this case because it is a case that stinks. Did those power lines give you cancer? My bet is yes. Can we prove it in a court of law? My bet there is a resounding, "No." He took this case not because he was greedy, but because he felt sorry for you. And against all odds, he got you an offer like this, it's a miracle. Close to a million dollars, I am sorry, but that is as good as it's gonna get. And while you have the right to reject, if you do, I am gonna recommend Bobby to drop you as clients. We are sympathetic, but we are certainly not gonna bankroll your rage.

Bankroll means providing the money that someone needs for a plan, business. How can you make a figurative meaning out of this?

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    What is the context of the episode?
    – Archa
    Jun 24, 2016 at 23:16
  • Which season and episode is it? Do you have a link to the script? Jun 25, 2016 at 0:43
  • Season 2, Episode 16. No. Jun 25, 2016 at 1:03

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In this example I would say the intent is similar to "justify":

We are sympathetic, but we are certainly not gonna justify your rage.

Or perhaps "not gonna support".

I would say it is kind of a figurative use of "not paying for" not necessarily meaning paying money.

  • Definitely "support", not "justify". It's "We're not going to use our resources to help you voice your anger about the power line company."
    – RLH
    Aug 30 at 22:06

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