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PFT Live special podcast on the Peyton Manning litigation

KNOXVILLE, TN - 1995:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #16 of the Tennessee Volunteers poses for a portrait in the locker room circa 1995 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Doug Devoe/Sporting News via Getty Images) Getty Images

A week ago, the New York Daily News published a 13-year-old legal document from a lawsuit involving Peyton Manning. It was, as a practical matter, the equivalent of ripping the 21st chapter from a 30-chapter book.

In the seven days since then, folks have been trying to make sense of the book by jumping around from chapter to chapter and page to page, without the benefit of the broader perspective.

So I decided to record a special, one-hour PFT Live podcast aimed at explaining the events and the litigation that have culminated in a 20-year-old incident involving a then-19-year-old Peyton Manning becoming one of the biggest sports stories of the week. Having a law degree and 18 years of experience practicing law made it a little easier. Hopefully, this podcast will make the situation a lot more understandable for anyone interested in knowing more about a 1996 incident on which everyone seems to have a strong opinion.

Here’s a direct link to the special PFT Live podcast. For the full iTunes menu of PFT Live podcasts, click here.

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46 Responses to “PFT Live special podcast on the Peyton Manning litigation”
  1. smokehouse56 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:16 PM

    Can’t wait to watch.

  2. rcali says: Feb 20, 2016 4:29 PM

    Yikes, if this Manning story is getting this much new attention how about we go back to the Ray Lewis murder investigation.

  3. coltsreign says: Feb 20, 2016 4:32 PM

    He can go xerox that stupid look off his face

  4. thegronk87 says: Feb 20, 2016 4:32 PM

    Thankfully we have Tom

  5. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing.

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 20, 2016 4:57 PM

    No one cares.

  7. cornerstone2001 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:04 PM

    Manning and Brady both cheaters.

    Joe Montana..honest and the greatest!

  8. randomguy9999 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:07 PM

    rcali says:

    Yikes, if this Manning story is getting this much new attention how about we go back to the Ray Lewis murder investigation.

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    exactly… why redo this garbage… it went through the courts, it’s all done, the defamation suit doesn’t have a chance as she doesn’t have a significant name to cause financial damage to, so who is bringing this nonsense up at the end of his career?

    so someone decides that now that PM won a SB and he’s riding off into the sunset that they want to make hay of junk from decades ago… why is the media giving whoever this idiot is such a large soapbox?

  9. depotnator says: Feb 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    After getting kudos a couple of days ago for criticizing the New York Daily News for pandering against Peyton Manning, now this site has done a 180 and is doing the same thing to attract hits from its Patriot fans.

  10. wallabear says: Feb 20, 2016 5:11 PM

    Ray Lewis never made claim to being a Do Good Republican, like sexual predator/doper Big Bro Manning #TheTruthWillSetUFree

  11. lingsun54 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:12 PM

    It’s the off season. Perfect time to talk about stuff nobody cares about.

  12. tajuara says: Feb 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    Good podcast Florio, Saxton seems to be the most intriguing element of the story. By his letter it only seems that the plaintiff and the plaintiff lawyers had access to him. He should have made his deposition under oath because he seem to have changed his story.

  13. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:22 PM

    What does this have to do with Erin Rogers having zero OT wins?

  14. cb3313 says: Feb 20, 2016 5:41 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing.
    _________________________________________

    Yes, speculating on puffs of air is far more important….

  15. infectorman says: Feb 20, 2016 5:41 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing……

    annnndd!

    The Federal Authorities investigation of Peyton Manning illegally obtaining controlled substances, to wit Human Growth Hormone, and conspiring to ship said substances across state lines.

    You can’t have one investigation without the other, or else you appear completely bias against Brady.

    Which of course is the only thing you’ve accomplished with your post.

    Congrats, champ!

  16. arktikman says: Feb 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    Who would have thought that Roethlisberger would be referred to as the “clean one” when comparing to Manning and Brady.

  17. joemenardo says: Feb 20, 2016 5:54 PM

    Interesting. Thought it was a good Podcast until the last 5 minutes. Florio seems to gloss over Saxton’s letter. But listening to what he wrote (his story never changed, he lost his red shirt year over it), it would seem Manning was lying.

    Also, why didn’t Manning’s camp subpoena Saxton? It would seem they would have wanted to, especially if they believed he was lying.

    I don’t know, but it seemed like Florio’s final analysis was a bit convoluted and weak in Mannings defense.

  18. knucklebucket says: Feb 20, 2016 6:37 PM

    Is it just me or is this another “drag an nfl star through the mud” story to keep the NFL in the news throughout the offseason? Last year was Brady’s turn and now they’ve set their sites on Manning. Both had just won a Super Bowl so anything related to them is news worthy. Really sad to see.

  19. tnt2003 says: Feb 20, 2016 6:49 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing……

    annnndd!

    The Federal Authorities investigation of Peyton Manning illegally obtaining controlled substances, to wit Human Growth Hormone, and conspiring to ship said substances across state lines.

    You can’t have one investigation without the other, or else you appear completely bias against Brady.

    Which of course is the only thing you’ve accomplished with your post.

    Congrats, champ!

    ———————————————————-

    Why would the FEDS investigate the shipment of perfectly legal HGH?

    Please elaborate.

  20. amadorcountyca says: Feb 20, 2016 7:12 PM

    Guilty, more probable than not.

    Peyton actions speak louder than words. His ONLY defense is it was horseplay and trash the accuser.

    Doesn’t pass the smell test.

  21. boltsfan31 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:29 PM

    Mike – Thanks for taking the time to explain things from a (neutral) legal point of view.

    I enjoyed it, and learned a few things too.

  22. huh6016 says: Feb 20, 2016 7:39 PM

    I originally loved Pro Football for the actual football games , now the NFL seems to have gone all Kardashian, many fans love all this stupid drama that i don’t give 2craps about. The games are now all stop – have discussions and review the plays from 20 angles ….. I give up, really. Just play the game and take the rest and put it in the trash where it belongs.

  23. jmscooby says: Feb 20, 2016 7:50 PM

    The important part of this is that he never beat the University of Florida>

  24. RE LEE says: Feb 20, 2016 7:55 PM

    Leave Peyton alone… Leave Brady alone…
    On to Goodell…

  25. megnailsit says: Feb 20, 2016 8:00 PM

    VenerableAxiom:

    The three reasons for legal HGH prescription would not emanate from an Aging clinic.

  26. THX 138 says: Feb 20, 2016 8:22 PM

    The next thing you it will be reported that Manning stole someone’s laptop computer and lied to police. Woops! sorry that was Cam Newton.

  27. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 20, 2016 8:37 PM

    infectorman says:
    Feb 20, 2016 5:41 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing……

    annnndd!

    The Federal Authorities investigation of Peyton Manning illegally obtaining controlled substances, to wit Human Growth Hormone, and conspiring to ship said substances across state lines.

    You can’t have one investigation without the other, or else you appear completely bias against Brady.

    Which of course is the only thing you’ve accomplished with your post.

    Congrats, champ!
    ——–
    Thanks. I’m for both. At least it’s relevant to this century.

  28. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 20, 2016 9:15 PM

    cb3313 says:
    Feb 20, 2016 5:41 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing.
    _________________________________________

    Yes, speculating on puffs of air is far more important….
    ——–
    At least it occurred in the 21st century and is relevant to the something that happened in the NFL.

  29. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:22 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Feb 20, 2016 4:50 PM

    Good. Maybe after this long dead horse has been totally beaten to death a second time, we can move on to more relevant legal topics. Like the NFL vs brady appeal and how is that progressing.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The problem is that Mr. Manning’s transgressions are now part of another case which is pending and relevant. It is likely that the Brady case will end on March 3rd. It is not likely the UT case will end that quickly. The media focuses on the old case because it involves Manning rather than the bulk of the cases from the last 4 years because nobody will click on a story about AJ Johnson or Michael Williams.

    Fair? nope. But hey, who ever said football coverage was fair? Not a Patriots fan for sure.

  30. billymutt says: Feb 20, 2016 9:49 PM

    Godwin’s law as it relates to PFT:

    Every article, regardless of the topic, will eventually attract some idiotic comments from the basement-dwelling Patriot haters that troll the site.

  31. ricko1112 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:03 PM

    Manning has played for the 2 dirtiest, cheating teams in the NFL.

    Denver cheated the salary cap to Elway’s fraudulent SB wins. Manning’s Denver win was gift wrapped with the choices of refs, a rabid Broncos fan in the replay booth (since the game turned on a call that should have been reversed) and Blandino running the show in Clete Blakeman’s ear. Never mind uniforms slathered in Vaseline and illegal chop blocks taught for the purpose of injuring the opponent.

    Indy: Caught piping in phony crowd noise several times. Once on live TV. Losing games on purpose during the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. Pooping on the injury report by hiding broken ribs and lacerated kidneys. Caught tampering with their footballs and other teams’ footballs. They admitted to it in the Wells’ Report. Making up the quickly debunked Deflategate lie. Don’t forget Polian changing rules year after year!

    Why is it a stretch to believe Manning took HGH when there is direct proof he did? The Tennessee incident has been known for years! Nothing new, it’s just that the media has chosen to ignore it.

  32. cinzano08 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:05 PM

    Manning is guilty plain and simple. No one goes to the extent Archie did if his kid was innocent. Saxon lost his scholarship, the trainer lost her job and the 4 kids Peyton supposedly gave a ride to said it never happened. Any objective look at this situation and its guilty.

  33. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 20, 2016 10:21 PM

    Manning is an epic fraud. Talk about a fall from grace. More to come for sure. That’s what happens when everything is handed to you since birth. Deny, deny, attack.

  34. really410 says: Feb 20, 2016 10:46 PM

    Funny how more and more keeps coming out , and how less and less people are toting the banner for manning like it or not embrace the suck at the very least your heros a creep , no matter how many white washes are attempted

  35. rogerdw66 says: Feb 20, 2016 11:50 PM

    I think it’s cute that this little weasel thinks you need a law degree to understand this. It’s really pretty simple and kind of boring, but hey, it’s the off-season and sports writers gotta eat.

  36. nedyork says: Feb 21, 2016 1:21 AM

    He was 18. He tea bagged her. why is anyone even talking about this. People have known about this. Someone should tea bag Jed York

  37. holygamoly says: Feb 21, 2016 3:31 AM

    You were a lawyer Mike ? Gee, you never mentioned that before.

  38. mmack66 says: Feb 21, 2016 9:57 AM

    arktikman says:
    Feb 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    Who would have thought that Roethlisberger would be referred to as the “clean one” when comparing to Manning and Brady.
    —————————–

    Absolutely no one.

  39. mototax says: Feb 21, 2016 1:10 PM

    Super Bowl Champ! Nothing else matters.

  40. nhpats says: Feb 21, 2016 5:51 PM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Feb 20, 2016 5:04 PM
    Manning and Brady both cheaters.

    Joe Montana..honest and the greatest!

    ———-
    Yeah…….except the all that stickem that Rice already admitted to using……

    Montana****

  41. cinzano08 says: Feb 21, 2016 5:52 PM

    @motor, you probably cheat on your taxes too. Another * for the Broncos and everyone knows it. Ped violators, dirty hits/fines, salary cap cheaters, shanahan etc.

  42. mototax says: Feb 21, 2016 6:08 PM

    cinzano08 says:
    Feb 21, 2016 5:52 PM

    @motor, you probably cheat on your taxes too. Another * for the Broncos and everyone knows it. Ped violators, dirty hits/fines, salary cap cheaters, shanahan etc.
    ==========
    Scoreboard baby!

  43. nhpats says: Feb 21, 2016 7:01 PM

    Look at the size of Manning forehead in that picture. It was normal. How long has this guy been using HGH?

  44. cinzano08 says: Feb 21, 2016 7:46 PM

    Manning made 60 minutes tonight. He settled the case because he got caught sitting on the trainers face. What a douche!

  45. dualprime says: Feb 21, 2016 8:55 PM

    cinzano08 says:
    Feb 21, 2016 7:46 PM
    Manning made 60 minutes tonight. He settled the case because he got caught sitting on the trainers face. What a douche!
    ============
    They’ll have a SB champion on the show.

  46. houndofthebaskervols says: Feb 22, 2016 12:22 AM

    Witchhunt, nothing more than that. Disgraceful.

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