Who does Peyton Manning blame for the national news story regarding a KC Chiefs players begging him for an autograph and and another a photo after Sunday’s most recent loss?
The KCTV photographer who shot the footage of the embarrassing scene.
And we have learned that 18-year veteran KCTV sports reporter Neal Jones not only reported the story, but also was the shooter on it.
A story in USA Today (11/29) quotes the Denver Bronco quarterback as being critical of the KCTV photographer who documented Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles asking Manning for his autograph after another Chiefs loss that took the team to 1-10 for this season.
The KCTV shooter also highlighted wide receiver Dwayne Bowe asking for a picture with Manning after the game.
Manning told USA Today the whole thing has been “blown out of proportion” and that giving autographs to other pro players is common.
“You sign for somebody’s brother or mother or a fan — that’s what you do,” Manning said. “Players constantly are trading. You’re signing for teammates, and everybody’s got a high school auction or something. That’s part of the deal.”
But Manning does not blame fawning players for standing outside the stadium with fans begging for his autograph or to have a picture taken with him.
He blames Neal Jones…
“I don’t even know why that camera man was in that zone. That was kind of annoying,” Manning said.
For his part, Jones doesn’t really see the controversy of it all.
“It’s very common at all NFL stadiums,” he told Bottom Line. “I’ve been to all but one of the NFL’s cities, and I’ve seen similar scenes everywhere. I was not critical of it in my story for that reason.
“I understand the fan frustration, but, in this case I believe it is misdirected. Derrick Thomas would crush QB’s, then hug them in the parking lot by the team busses,” he adds. “It’s not unlike media members from competing outlets getting together after work.”