During the long and winding road that led from the AFC title game in 2015 to the four-game suspension that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will serve this year, emails from Brady speculating about Peyton Manning retiring long before him and touching on other thoughts about the Broncos became public.
Brady apologized to Manning, who shrugged it off by saying “I’ve been roasted before and that is not roasted” before mentioning Comedy Central roasts in particular. Manning still hasn’t been the guest of (dis)honor at one, but he took part in a roast of Rob Lowe that will air on the network soon. Clips have been circulating to promote the show, including one that sees Manning quip about Brady and Deflategate while referencing Lowe’s unsuccessful attempt to break the news of Manning’s retirement in 2012.
“But, hey, I don’t worry about Rob Lowe,” Manning said. “He is a workhorse and, heck man, if they ever stop casting you on sitcoms just look on the bright side. You tried to take the air out of my retirement announcement so fast, you can probably get a job as Tom Brady’s ball boy.”
Manning, who regularly called Brady a friend when asked about the Deflategate charges, got a laugh from the crowd but might be the one sending a note of apology this time around.