Peyton Manning doesn't trust the New England Patriots. During the alternate telecast of Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, Manning revealed that while he was playing against the Patriots, he refrained from discussing plays at his locker because he believed it was "bugged."
"Every time I played against New England, I used to talk to my receivers like in the shower in the far corner. I'm like, 'Don't talk about a play next to my locker,' because I know it's bugged. I know it's got a hot mic in it in there,'" Manning said, per USA Today. Manning brought it up when his brother, Eli Manning, asked him if he was worried after the Patriots has practiced in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts before the Super Bowl 46 battle against the Giants in 2012.
“Every time I played against New England, I used to talk to my receivers in the showers. Don't talk about a play next to my locker because I know it's bugged.”— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) September 21, 2021
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Peyton Manning, who played for the Colts at the time, said that he would talk to his receivers in the shower instead of his locker. "We were in the shower,'' he said. "It's very strange. Very strange to see seven guys hanging out there in the back of the shower. But take all precautions…"
Former Patriots defensive back Ty Law heard the comments and took a jab at Manning. "You know what's even stranger about that comment is that I agree with Peyton: He is extremely right that it's very strange to see seven guys in the shower talking about football," Law said on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday. per the New York Post. "But you know what, he might've thought that because we were in his head a little bit."
The Patriots are no strangers to being accused of cheating, being in the middle of Spygate and Deflategate. Both incidents happened when the Patriots were dominating the NFL with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Brady, who is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won six Super Bowls while in New England. Manning had his fits with the Patriots, which is why Law thinks he's taking shots at them.
"Let's be honest, we were in his head a little bit. That's OK. That's Bill Belichick scheming up things and giving players confidence, so you probably did think we had a bug in there because we knew what you were doing," Law said. "I ain't gonna tell no secrets right now, but we knew what he was doing. So go ahead in the shower with all your buddies."