TMZ Sports asked Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee about sexual assault allegations against Tennessee Titans nose tackle Sammie Hill.
“Never heard of him. I don’t keep up with football, except college football, unless it’s Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. And Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assault against people…other than their wives.”
TMZ has called it the “Gaffe of the Year.” A spokesman for the 65-year-old congressman told The Tennessean his boss just misspoke.
“Congressman Cohen misspoke, abhors sexual violence of any kind, is a fan of both Manning brothers, and deeply regrets the confusion,” spokesman Ben Garmisa said. “His intention was simply to indicate that Eli and Peyton are in committed, monogamous marriages.”
The gaffe comes the same week as NFL commissioner Goodell and the league owners unveiled a tougher personal conduct policy in the wake of national criticism generated from the fumbling of domestic violence cases.
After 10 days of silence after the initial Ray Rice scandal broke, Goodell was heavily criticized for stumbling through a September press conference.