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Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Eli Manning on Saints’ Bounty-gate: “It can’t be a part of football”


Eli Manning and Mario Manningham have a big moment in the Super Bowl DVD. (Rachael Hacking / AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had harsh words for the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-pain bounty system.

“Obviously it is a big deal, what’s going on,’’ Manning said of his hometown team, his father’s team for 11 seasons. “It’s not good for football and can’t be a part of football. I know [Commissioner] Roger Goodell will do a good job figuring all this out and making sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Manning, the MVP of Super Bowl XLVI, admits his feelings stem partly from a self-preservation impulse. He has gulped as he listened to his own coach, Tom Coughlin, fire up a defense.

“I’m kind of sitting there and I say, ‘I know the opposing teams are saying the same thing about me,’ ” said Manning. “But when you start talking about injuring a guy and carting him off and trying to end his season or career, that’s not what this game is about. I think we should have more respect for the game than that. It can’t be a part of football.’’

Manning and other members of the Giants appeared Monday night at a screening of a DVD of Super Bowl XLVI and the Saints’ bounty scandal was the topic of the night. “It’s kind of unfortunate something like that has been brought upon this league,” safety Antrel Rolle said, adding that the Giants have no bounty system.

“There’s no price you can put on it, the health of another opponent.’’

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