Balotelli is the talk of Italy after his brace on debut in victory over Udinese.
Cassano said: "There's one difference between Mario and I - he probably likes being in the paper, whereas I don't.
"But I've done worse things in my life. I left training, I drove my car onto the pitch - you name it, I did it.
"He's a good lad though.
"Stramaccioni is also lovely. The Coach is a great person, and someone that really knows what he's doing. We are all going through a tough time at the moment, but the fans should proud of the Coach and the President.
"He's not like all the other false people in football."