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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay rips Peyton Manning

January 27, 2012 |  9:21 am


In an interview earlier this week, Peyton Manning revealed his displeasure with the team's recent front office changes and the Colts' 2-14 season.

"It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least," Manning told "Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change."

Manning's comments prompted a response from Colts owner Jim Irsay after he introduced new head coach Chuck Pagano at a press conference Thursday.

Irsay called Manning a "politician."

“I don’t think it’s in the best interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don’t,” Irsay said. “The horseshoe always comes first, and I think one thing he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is that, you know, you keep it in the family. If you’ve got a problem you talk to each other, it’s not about campaigning or anything like that.”

Manning is the Colts' franchise player, a four-time MVP who missed the 2011 season because of a neck surgery.

Irsay must decide whether to pay Manning a $28 million bonus or lose him to free agency by the end of the first week of March.


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Photo: Peyton Manning. Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images.