Opinion & Commentary: Peyton Manning should have faced tougher questions at his retirement

Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning holds up the Lombardi trophy after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50.
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USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan says there was something missing when Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement on Monday: honest answers.

One of the greatest players in the history of the football, Manning got a loving tribute from his team and softball questions from most of the assembled members of the press. But, she writes, "serious questions have arisen about Manning's behavior and character, questions that are worthy of answers from a man who has been, and is expected to continue to be, a role model and icon to many thousands." The questions include allegations of a decades-old locker room "mooning" incident involving a female trainer and a more recent investigation into whether he received human growth hormone, a substance banned by the NFL.

MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Brennan about Manning, the sports media and sexism.

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