You don’t need to know much about the NFL to know that Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning have been model athletes throughout their careers.
But that didn’t stop a Democratic congressman from suggesting the brothers sexually assault their wives.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., was asked on camera about a player from the NFL’s Tennessee Titans who was just accused of sexual assault. Cohen replied that he had never heard of the player.
“I don’t keep up with football, except college football, except Eli Manning or Peyton Manning,” Cohen said, according to the video. “And Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people other than their wives.”
Adding insult to injury, the congressman didn’t realize what he had just said. His office would later scramble to explain the gaffe.
“Congressman Cohen misspoke, abhors sexual violence of any kind, is a fan of both Manning brothers, and deeply regrets any confusion,” Cohen spokesman Ben Garmisa told The Tennessean. “His intention was simply to indicate that Eli and Peyton are in committed, monogamous marriages.”
Watch his remarks here via TMZ:
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