I<more at link>NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL's most watched offseason drama has turned stunningly ugly.
Two days after Peyton Manning complained about the dour atmosphere around the Colts' complex, team owner Jim Irsay called his four-time league MVP a ``politician'' and said he didn't appreciate Manning's public campaign.
The comments upstaged the introduction of Irsay's new coach, Chuck Pagano, and came six weeks before Irsay must decide whether to pay the still-recovering Manning a $28 million bonus. Manning missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in September.
``I don't think it's in the best interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don't,'' Irsay told reporters following Pagano's introduction. ``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.''
Apparently, Manning got the message.