On the same day that a new report featuring a new witness to a very old incident landed on the Internet, Peyton Manning will appear in the hometown of the quarterback he supplanted four years ago for a speaking engagement.
Jeff Darlington of NFL Media has made the trek to Jacksonville to hear what Peyton has to say, during an appearance at the Florida Forum Speakers Series. Darlington will be updating the situation at his Twitter feed.
Manning hasn’t spoken publicly since Super Bowl 50, apart from whatever he said at the team’s victory parade and rally in Denver and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. If he’s asked any questions, he’s most likely to be asked about whether he has decided to retire. And he’ll likely say he hasn’t made a decision, since his agent said precisely that earlier today.
If Manning is asked about the Jamie Naughright, Manning will surely find a way to say nothing at all, possibly in a self-depracating way. He’s still bound by the terms of the 2004 settlement agreement that resolved Naughright’s defamation case, and he’s smart enough to know he’s inviting more problems with Naughright if he makes any comment other than “no comment.”
The event, as Darlington points out, was scheduled long before Super Bowl 50, and the cost of admission is $100. It’s unknown how much Peyton is being paid for the event; two years ago, he got $105,000 for an hour of his time at Oklahoma State.