Eli Manning’s ‘double bird’ during ManningCast results in 3 FCC complaints
Eli Manning found himself in a little hot water during the Sept. 27 edition of ESPN2’s “Monday Night Football” alternate broadcast he co-hosts with older brother Peyton.
If you’ll recall, the former Ole Miss and New York Giants great recounted a story about how a 9-year-old showed him the double bird gesture during a Giants road game against the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, he demonstrated it live on the air as the Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys.
To his credit, he realized his error and apologized following the next commercial break. It seems like everyone was willing to move on from the incident – however, it resulted in 3 complaints to the FCC.
“Mr. Manning’s actions are offensive to me as a viewer. It was also offensive as a Philadelphia native and sports fan. There was young children watching that broadcast last evening,” a viewer wrote, according to TMZ.
That’s not the only non-family friendly moment the ManningCast has featured. On Oct. 25, Marshawn Lynch was a guest and used multiple profanities, including the F-bomb, prompting Peyton Manning to apologize to viewers.
But the ManningCast has been almost universally well-received outside of those few hiccups. Hopefully nothing NSFW crops up during the next edition, though.