It appears that Eli Manning’s middle-finger salute didn’t sit well with all viewers of “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.”
According to TMZ, the Federal Communications Commission received three complaints about Eli’s gesture during ESPN2’s “Manningcast” of the Eagles vs. Cowboys game in Week 3.
Why did Manning show the audience the double bird? Well, it stemmed from a story he was telling about playing against the Eagles and the team’s passionate fan base.
“You’re getting the double bird right away from a 9-year-old kid,” Eli said of playing in Philadelphia.
“Do it, do it,” his older brother encouraged.
“I would give the bird — I don’t know, can we do that?” Eli asked. “I’m sure you can blur that out, right?”
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Well, ESPN couldn’t, at least not in time to blur it out live. That led to Eli flipping off the audience, and while the Manning brothers apologized for those actions shortly thereafter, it still drew the ire of several viewers.
“On ESPN ‘Monday Night Football’ Eli Manning used profane gestures that were despicable and unacceptable and fines should be levied,” a viewer from West Chester, Pa., said in a complaint, per TMZ. “Young Americans should never be exposed to something like that, it was disgusting.”
Another viewer — this one a Philadelphia fan — showed concern for the “young children” watching the Manningcast that night.
“Mr. Manning’s actions are offensive to me as a viewer,” the viewer wrote. “It was also offensive as a Philadelphia native and sports fan. There was young children watching that broadcast last evening.”
Meanwhile, a viewer from Tumwater, Wash., demanded that Manning be banned from the airwaves because of that gesture.
Certainly, neither ESPN nor the FCC will be taking that type of drastic action against Manning, but ESPN may look into cleaning up the Manningcast a bit. After all, Marshawn Lynch was cussing up a storm on the show a few weeks ago.
The live, semi-unfiltered part of the Manningcast is what has made it attractive to some viewers, however. As such, it doesn’t seem likely that ESPN will make wholesale changes to the program.
But you can — and should — expect fewer bird-flips and swears.
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