Here’s a gaffe for the ages: Democratic Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen accidentally implied that brothers and NFL superstars Eli and Peyton Manning commit sexual assault against their wives.
TMZ accosted Cohen and asked his thoughts on Tennessee Titans player Sammie Hill, who was recently accused of sexual assault. “I never heard of him,” Cohen admitted.
That’s where things took an interesting turn. “I don’t keep up with football, except college football. Unless it’s Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people, other than their wives.”
TMZ notes that Cohen didn’t even seems to realize what he had just said, but “moved on to the next topic without correcting himself.”
Contacted by The Hill, Cohen’s communications director clarified that Cohen had misspoken. “Congressman Cohen misspoke, abhors sexual violence of any kind, is a fan of both Manning brothers, and deeply regrets any confusion. His intention was simply to indicate that Eli and Peyton are in committed, monogamous marriages.”