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Peyton Manning avoids discussing brother’s benching by Giants

Peyton Manning did his best to sidestep providing his opinion on how the New York Giants benched brother Eli Manning last week.

Peyton made an appearance at his National Football Foundation Hall of Fame induction press conference on Tuesday, where he was asked about the benching. Manning remained tight-lipped on the arguably bungled move by the Giants to sit his brother for last Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

The decision, which presumably played some role in Monday’s firings of head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, was widely panned throughout the NFL world. While Peyton may agree with that sentiment, he wasn’t about to disclose it to the media.

“I saw Eli last night,” Peyton said, reportedly in reference to having dinner with his brother on Monday, per “He made some great comments about his experiences when I was at school there. Eli got dragged to a lot of college football as a high school kid.

“It was great to be with him. I’ve always been very proud of Eli, and I’ve always supported him as well, just like he has throughout my entire career. That will never change.”

It stands to reason Peyton was hesitant to stir the pot and say anything controversial about the situation. But according to Archie Manning, perhaps that was the wisest course of action.

“You don’t wanna hear what Peyton said about this,” the elder Manning said last week of Peyton’s thoughts on the situation.