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Remember when Eli Manning held up the “double bird” on ESPN2’s Manningcast back in September? Apparently, Manning’s slip up on national television rubbed some viewers the wrong way.
Per TMZ, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received three complaints for Manning’s actions.
At the time of the “double bird”, Manning was trying to explain what would happen to him when he played the Eagles on the road. Manning elected to give the audience a visual of what that looked like.
One viewer from West Chester, Pennsylvania was not amused by Manning’s dueling middle fingers.
“On ESPN ‘Monday Night Football’ Eli Manning used profane gestures that were despicable and unacceptable and fines should be levied,” the viewer said. “Young Americans should never be exposed to something like that, it was disgusting.”
Another viewer from Philadelphia suggested that ESPN think of the children who were watching the broadcast.
“Mr. Manning’s actions are offensive to me as a viewer. It was also offensive as a Philadelphia native and sports fan,” the viewer said. “There was young children watching that broadcast last evening.
“The FCC should take all appropriate enforcement actions against Mr. Manning and/or ESPN for Mr. Manning’s conduct to hold them accountable to send the message that that type of behavior (even if he was re-telling a story) is not acceptable, including all appropriate fines.
The Manningcast has been a hit with NFL fans looking for an alternative of the normal three-man booth that you find on ESPN during Monday Night Football. Both Eli and Peyton Manning have garnered millions of viewers with each telecast.
Manning isn’t the only one to slip up, as guest Travis Kelce said “s***” during his appearance. Marshawn Lynch then said “f***” when he was on the show.