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Peyton Manning gets apology from Brady for email jab

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said there was “no harm, no foul” after some of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s personal emails were released last week, including one poking fun of Manning’s career.

Emails sent from Brady’s Patriots account were released in documents that were filed as part of the NFL Player Association’s lawsuit on behalf of Brady against the NFL. Manning said Brady has apologized for the email flap.

Brady commented on Manning just before their November 2014 meeting in Foxborough, Mass. One of Brady’s family members forwarded Brady an article about his rivalry with Manning, detailing how both future Hall of Famers are nearing the end of their careers.

“I’ve got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2. That’s the final chapter. Game on,” Brady wrote.

Manning addressed the emails for the first time on Wednesday after training camp practice.

“Everybody has been speculating on that for a long time, so I guess he’s joining the list of trying to predict,” Manning said. “Hey, Tom sent me an apology text that was unnecessary. The fact his emails got revealed, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”

In another email, a friend of Brady’s wrote: “Manning needs things to be perfect to succeed, weather, his system, etc.” Brady’s response to the email was that “we are some hard working grinders beav. That’s what our team is all about. Our best is still ahead of us.”

Manning, entering his 18th NFL season at age 39, said he thought the exchanges were fairly tame.

“No harm, no foul, I didn’t think a lot of it,” Manning said. “Somebody said I was roasted, I’ve been roasted before and that is not roasted. I haven’t been on a Comedy Central roast, but I’ve been to a couple private dinners and banquets where I didn’t know it was going to turn into a roast of me, but it did. I can promise you that email was amateur night compared to some of the things that were said about me.”


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