“I’m sure we can cover that up, right?” Eli Manning unexpectedly gives the double bird during live TV interview as he tells story about a naughty young Philly Eagles fan
- The unexpected moment came on ESPN’s Monday Night Football blowout win for the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles
- Eli Manning, who co-hosts the show with brother Payton, told a story about a nine-year-old Eagles fan who terrified him during his playing time.
- He held out his two middle fingers to the TV screen, much to the delight of viewers across the country, but to the horror of the producers of ESPN and the FCC.
- Eli apologized for the incident after a commercial break, saying he assumed ESPN would blur its gesture
Eli Manning gave the TV viewers the double middle finger as he told a story about a Philadelphia Eagles fan in his playing time – mistakenly assuming that the offensive gesture could be blurred during the live interview.
The incident occurred on Monday Night’s “ManningCast” on ESPN2 when Eli was swept along as he told a story of a nine-year-old who welcomed him to Philadelphia with a double middle finger.
“If you go to Philly, you get the double bird of a nine-year-old,” Eli Manning said during the broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagle, holding out his middle fingers on both hands.
‘I’d give the bird – I don’t know, can we do that? I’m sure we can cover that up, right?’
Eli then went on to entertain the audience by showing them what the double bird looks like, and he held up his two middle fingers at the TV screen, much to the disgust of the producers of the FCC and ESPN.
The incident occurred on Monday Night’s “ManningCast” on ESPN2 when Eli was swept along as he told a story of a nine-year-old who welcomed him to Philadelphia with a double middle finger. Image blurred by DailyMail.com
Eli Manning (bottom left) gave the cameras a moment to capture after showing both his middle fingers to a live TV audience in the US on ESPN’s Monday Night ‘ManningCast’ Football. Image blurred by DailyMail.com
A commercial break later, Eli apologized and said with a grin that he assumed ESPN2 would have faded his salute with one finger.
“Previously I gave the double bird, I’m sorry, I think that was frowned upon,” Manning said on ESPN2’s Monday Night Football “ManningCast.”
“A nine-year-old did that to me. I thought I could do it back.”
Most fans and fellow sports professionals on Twitter collapsed after the incident, with sportswriter Roger Sherman branding Eli a “man child” after the stunt.
“Right now I’m 80 percent sure Eli is currently living at home with his parents,” he tweeted.
Another sports fan asked on Twitter if Eli Manning “just gave America the middle finger?” while someone else said his double middle finger is ‘on the point’ [the] meme of the decade.’
Other users preferred to focus on the fact that Eli’s gesture wasn’t frowned upon, tweeting, “Eli Manning just held up the double middle finger at the camera and they didn’t fade,” including a laughing emoji.
Eli, whose brother is Peyton Manning, has always been known as the outspoken sibling.
It remains unknown whether Eli will be reprimanded for his gesture, either by ESPN or the FCC.
The ManningCast is gaining popularity among not only NFL fans, but sports fans as well, which some say is more entertaining than the product on the field.
This week’s show featured LeBron James and Nick Saban prior to Eli’s brief moment of glory.
Following the Cowboy’s 41-21 win over the Eagles, the Manning brothers told viewers that their weekly chuckle festivities will take a three-week hiatus until week 7 of the NFL season.