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Peyton Manning mostly mum on Tony Dungy’s Patriots comments


Tony Dungy caused a bit of a media firestorm on Thursday with comments he made during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” which insinuated that Peyton Manning feared the New England Patriots were bugging the visitor’s locker room at Gillette Stadium during his time with the Indianapolis Colts.

The reverberations from Dungy’s recollection that Manning, then with the Colts, wouldn’t hold discussions about game-planning, strategy, etc. inside the locker room — instead conducting talks in the hallway — reached Manning himself in Denver.

Manning was mostly hesitant to say much about what Dungy had to say, preferring to talk around the story rather than discuss it by invoking the unbreakable code of the locker room.

“I think there’s kind of a rule that when you’re still playing, what goes on in a locker room kind of stays in a locker room,” Manning said after Thursday’s practice, per ESPN.

“When you stop playing, you write a book, you get commentary. Everything’s kind of, you know, seems to be told. I’m still playing so I don’t really talk about what goes on in a locker room. And I won’t write a book right away so you won’t find out what goes on in a locker room after I stop playing. Those are kind of the things that sort of stay in house.”

Dungy also attempted to clarify his comments, taking to Twitter to write: “Concerning my comments on [The Dan Patrick Show] –Relax people. Same discussions had about Colts piping in crowd noise and turning up heat in the dome.”