Tim Lynch from Mile High Report noted that there is a petition online to revoke Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s accomplishments. Can you guess what fan base created it?
As I sit here writing this article, it baffles me beyond anything that something like this even exists on the internet. However, being as how it is related to a current Broncos player, my thoughts must be shared.
According to Tim Lynch over at SB Nation’s Mile High Report, a Patriots fan has gone onto the interwebs and created a petition on the site ipetitions.com stating that Peyton Manning should be revoked of his accomplishments.
Wait, what? Yes, you heard that correctly. The petition cites the report by Shaun King about an event that took place 20 years ago. If you have lived under a rock since the Super Bowl 50 win, the story brings up a time in which Manning was a college student in Tennessee.
In a nutshell, there was a situation in which, according to multiple angles, in which Manning had placed parts of his groin area near the face of female trainer Jamie Naughright. The case was settled out of court.
Now, six women have sued the University of Tennessee for hostel environment towards women. In this case, it will be closely watched on how this develops.
In the meantime, one fan from the New England Patriots went and created a petition to revoke all of Manning’s accomplishments in the NFL for that reason.
There is only one thing they failed to recognize when doing that. The event in question happened while he was in college. Why would someone revoke NFL accomplishments for something that happened before the player entered the NFL?
I will admit however. What Manning is accused of was wrong on all levels. But calm down.
I had a discussion with my friend about the situation and they had this to say about the situation.
“What Manning is accused of is bad, but had no effect on the NFL.” Meaning that it did not give Manning any competitive edge. Now I could fire back and saw that what the Patriots were accused of doing (ex. Spygate, Deflategate) did impact the NFL.
Let me ask you this. How can you take away achievements in the NFL over something that happened in college? Think about that the next time you want to create a petition for something like that.
For this reason, I can’t help but laugh that a fan would go so far to create a petition to remove Manning’s accomplishments. What do you guys think of this? Let me know below.