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Peyton Manning downplays significance of Tom Brady’s critical emails

Peyton Manning took the high road on Wednesday when asked about critical and unflattering comments Tom Brady made about him in a 2014 personal email, indicating he wasn’t offended nor should the New England Patriots quarterback feel any need to make amends.

The Denver Broncos quarterback did mention, though, that Brady sent him an apology text regarding the emails, something Manning deemed “unnecessary.” Manning even cracked a joke about the nature of the controversy.

“The fact that his emails got revealed, that didn’t make a lot of sense to me,” Manning said, per The Denver Post. “No harm, no foul. I didn’t think a lot of it. Somebody said I was roasted. I’ve been roasted before. That is NOT a roast. I haven’t been on a Comedy Central roast, but there have been a couple of those private dinners and banquets where I didn’t know it would turn into a roast of me, but it did. I can promise you, that email was amateur night compared to some of the things people really said about me.”

The disparaging comments about Manning emerged when the contents of Brady’s personal emails were discovered among documents related to the NFLPA’s lawsuit to appeal the Patriots signal-caller’s four-game suspension.

In a private email response to a correspondence that contained a link to a Grantland story comparing the two quarterbacks, Brady replied in part, “I’ve got another 7 or 8 years. He has 2. That’s the final chapter,” Brady wrote.

Manning downplayed the significance of Brady’s comments about how much he had left in the tank, saying, “Everybody’s been speculating on that for a long time. So, I guess maybe he’s joining the list of everybody trying to predict.”

It certainly appears Manning isn’t offended in the least by Brady’s jabs — or at least isn’t interested in parsing out the meaning behind them — especially given the Patriots quarterback obviously had no idea these private emails would ever be seen by anyone beyond those intended to read them.

(image via The Denver Post)