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Peyton Manning is doing everything he can to avoid the media


When we initially saw that Colts players are conducting players-only workouts in sufficiently secretive fashion to ruffle the feathers of a local media that routinely shakes pom-poms for the franchise, we suspected that the players’ goal could be to keep the press from finding out that, for example, an assistant coach or two is present at the sessions.

In light of a new report from Ian Rapaport of the Boston Herald, we’re starting to think there’s an alternative, or perhaps additional, explanation.

Rapaport writes that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning appeared at a Pop Warner football event in Brockton, Massachusetts, subject to several express conditions.  “He insisted no one publicize the event beforehand or he might not show,” Rapoport says.  “He banned cameras from the stadium, and he kicked reporters out, as well.  It was very clandestine.”

Though Manning rarely speaks to the media unless he’s getting paid many thousands of dollars by one of his sponsors to do so, there’s a chance that he’s particularly sensitive to being asked any questions about the lockout or his role as a named plaintiff in the Tom Brady antitrust litigation.  Occam’s Razor would point to the notion that Manning simply doesn’t want to be bothered, but the surrounding circumstances make us wonder whether he simply doesn’t want to be put on the spot, either because he doesn’t believe he fully understands the nuances of the labor/litigation issues or because he fears that he may say something that he shouldn’t say.

Then there’s the chance that, given his habit of wearing his Bitter Beer Face on his sleeve, Manning will say all the right things while his expression tells us how he really feels.

As the objective evidence continues to point to the possibility that the NFLPA* has adopted a litigate-don’t-negotiate strategy until the court system yields significant leverage (even if it takes a lost season or more to get there), guys like Manning and Brady — who are far more concerned about competing for championships than posturing for more dollars and cents that they simply don’t need — will become more likely to say things that could cut against the quest for cash.

Thus, it’s better for guys like Manning and Brady to say nothing at all.

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32 Responses to “Peyton Manning is doing everything he can to avoid the media”
  1. seatown12 says: May 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    Yeah…its a pretty good rule of thumb to not say more than you have to …in a business setting.

  2. hail2tharedskins says: May 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    Well at least there is one smart player who realizes that it is in his best interests (short and long term) to say nothing at all during this labor strife. If he were to speak, he would alienate at least one if not more of the following groups: teammates, other players, fans, sponsors, Colts’ management.

  3. scudbot says: May 21, 2011 2:38 PM

    The highest-paid-ever contract wasn’t enough for Peyton. I’d bet his radio silence gig doesn’t extend to his attorney, his agent, and whoever he’s talking to about paid endorsements.

  4. cruells says: May 21, 2011 2:40 PM

    Does anyone really understand all the nuances of this mess??

  5. siggy00 says: May 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    Did he teabag them?

  6. geo1113 says: May 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    Occam’s Razor would point to the notion that Manning simply doesn’t want to be bothered

    I think Occam’s Razor would point to avoiding being put on the spot since Manning never seemed to shy away from the media in the past.

  7. picklickrollflick says: May 21, 2011 2:50 PM

    Person enjoys privacy shocker.

  8. commandercornpone says: May 21, 2011 3:05 PM

    maybe he would say that duh is a pindick.

  9. thetwilightsown says: May 21, 2011 3:12 PM

    Surprise, surprise – a player with a brain.

    Just look at the way some of dumber members of this site react to anything he says – now imagine the responses of those of us who can tie our own shoes when someone of his fortune tries to talk about injustice.

    Better off to the “cause” to just keep yer million dollar mouth shut.

    Every day of this nonsens that passese demands a first game boycott, regardless of the outcome.

  10. nflfan101 says: May 21, 2011 3:21 PM

    PFT said: “As the objective evidence continues to point to the possibility that the NFLPA* has adopted a litigate-don’t-negotiate strategy until the court system yields significant leverage (even if it takes a lost season or more to get there), …”

    Finally, but you need to take out the word “possibility” and replace it with the word “fact”.

    I don’t blame Manning for not talking to the press though he should not have put his name on the suit. Who would want to be associated with this mess?

    FACT: D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations, decertified the union, had certain players file suit, and then did not attend at least one court ordered mediation session.

    Fans, players, and PFT employees that treally want football need to tell D. Smith to get his butt into negotiations.

  11. backindasaddle says: May 21, 2011 3:28 PM

    I think he’s just doesn’t want anybody to know he was in Brockton, MA. The place is like Detroit lite. The entire city should be cordoned off with with police crime scene tape.

  12. txchief says: May 21, 2011 3:29 PM

    He and Brady may have realized that they are about to be the two most despised players in the NFL. I’ve already decided on their punishment. They (and Brees) will be banished from my fantasy league!

  13. kom2k10 says: May 21, 2011 3:29 PM

    “Though Manning rarely speaks to the media unless he’s getting paid many thousands of dollars by one of his sponsors to do so.”

    Did I miss something??? Isn’t Manning one of the most frequently interviewed NFL players today? I think he does an impromtu on-field postgame interview after every game… followed by speaking at the podium after ever game too.

    Also, has spoken at hundreds of charity events and donated over $5 million of his own money to a childrens hospital in Indy (without media presence)…

    Considering the basic point of the article is “Star QB wants to maintain his privacy durring offseason”, and not “Another NFL Player calls himself a ‘slave’ or “another NFL player arrested for DUI”, I don’t understand why the need to take cheap shots like”bitter beer Manning face” etc…

  14. skinscc says: May 21, 2011 3:38 PM

    You know we’re bored when this becomes newsworthy

  15. depotnator says: May 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    News is so slow that the media is now speculating why people are not creating news for them to report.

  16. siggy00 says: May 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    Peyton and Brady have some balls suing the NFL after the way the league has bent over backwards to protect and then change change rules for them.

  17. eagleswin says: May 21, 2011 3:55 PM

    or because he fears that he may say something that he shouldn’t say.


    I’m guessing that is the case. Anything he says could cost him money in endorsements. As it is, people don’t really associate Manning with this mess as his name doesn’t come up at all. If you are a named defendant you should be publicly available to comment on the case at least once a week. After all, you felt strongly enough to put your name on the suit, own up to it.

  18. willycents says: May 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    I believe that he is following his attorney’s advice. Talk to no one and have minimal contact with his employers and the press.
    The caveat to this is his contract negotiations. Suppose the Colts have the same advice from their attorney, and have no contact with a named plaintiff sueing the team(s) pending the resolution of the lawsuit. That would result in no contract with Manning, and since he is a free agent, the end of his career since he is under contract with no team at the moment. The liability in case of him being injured on the premises COULD place the team in a terrible legal position. Besides, with his demonstrated propensity to file lawsuits………..

    Just a thought, what are the opinions on that issue?

  19. Deb says: May 21, 2011 4:08 PM

    Maybe he just doesn’t like you guys. At least I give Peyton credit for not telling us all what a swell time he’s having during the lockout and how he wishes they could do this every year 🙄

    Say, Mike … are my Steelers getting in any secret practices, or are they just spending their free time hanging out in the audience at Dancing With the Stars?

  20. sakatak says: May 21, 2011 4:27 PM

    Manning is getting to the age when the retirement questions start to come up. Either he is smarter than Favre or he has learned from Favre’s mistakes, avoid retirement questions at all cost.

  21. thingamajig says: May 21, 2011 4:40 PM

    Or maybe the reason he “rarely speaks to the media” is because he doesn’t like reporters and bloggers.

  22. smacklayer says: May 21, 2011 4:46 PM

    The obvious reason is that he and everyone else knows that this lawsuit is about leverage and not the end result. He can’t say what he truly feels which is that the decert is a sham and the lawsuit is a way to get leverage, because that will be used against him. So he is just keeping quiet.

    My guess is that he and most other player are starting to realize this course of action is not what they signed up for. I think DeSmith sold them snake oil. The only problem is there is no easy out… Oh wait, yes there is. Fire DeSmith and get back to the negotiating table.

  23. TheWizard says: May 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    Want privacy?

    Get a factory job.

  24. jimr10 says: May 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    Hang in there Peyton. You do not owe the press anything.

  25. Patriot42 says: May 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    Why is the league allowing the Colts to use asst coaches?

  26. fallcoon says: May 21, 2011 9:40 PM

    Can you blame him?

  27. siggy00 says: May 21, 2011 10:07 PM

    45 minutes of his time? Gee Peyton you are such a swell guy.

  28. Topher says: May 21, 2011 11:20 PM

    Manning has been behaving this way for years. It has nothing to do with the lockout. For instance… how many of you knew that the Mannings recently had twins?

    He doesn’t share his life and he never has. He does commercials and interviews because that is his job.
    He has never shared his private life.

  29. dryheaveone says: May 21, 2011 11:27 PM

    not talking to the media is always a good idea

  30. siggy00 says: May 22, 2011 2:40 AM

    Btw, he stiffed those kids last season.

    The star quarterback was supposed to visit a year ago but didn’t make it.

    “It was a contest. We knew what the contest consisted of. We knew it consisted of Peyton Manning coming here,” Czarnowski said.

    “Maybe he didn’t want to come, that’s why it’s taken him so long to get here. I don’t know. He was supposed to be here (last year), and he didn’t show up, and we’re happy to have him here this year.”


  31. CKL says: May 22, 2011 12:31 PM

    I agree that in principle players who felt strongly enough to have their names on the suit should say SOMETHING…even if it’s sort of neutral. Brady has said recently that there needs to be compromise but nothing much beyond that.

    Much as I think Brees is coming off as a tad bit pugilistic with his comments and I don’t like his tone much of the time in regards to that, I give him credit for speaking out very vehemently to back his name on the suit.

  32. rc33 says: May 23, 2011 12:07 PM

    Gotta stick up for my hometown a little bit. The West side of Brockton isn’t bad at all.

    That pretty much covers it.

    Can’t be all bad though; that city of 90,000 that gave us both Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

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