Eli Manning Apologizes for Giving Double Middle Finger on Live TV as Brother Peyton Egged Him on

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Peyton and Eli Manning
Peyton and Eli Manning

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Eli Manning quickly apologized after stirring up some hilarious trouble during the "Manning-cast" Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN2 this week.

During the weekly show, the 40-year-old spoke to his older brother Peyton Manning and former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long about an interaction he once had with a young Eagles fan. He recalled the moment the 9-year-old gave him double middle fingers.

"You go to Philly, you're getting the double bird right away from a 9-year-old kid," Eli joked while pretending to give the gesture. Peyton, 45, then urged his brother to actually put up his middle fingers on-air, chanting "Do it! Do it!" before Eli gave in.

"I would give the bird — I don't know, can we do that? I'm sure you can blur that out, right?" Eli continued as he held both middle fingers up to the camera.

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However, the moment came and went too quickly for the sports broadcast to blur out his hands, resulting in an apology after a commercial break.

"Alright, alright, sorry," Eli said later. "Earlier, I gave the double bird. I guess that's frowned upon, so I apologize if I offended anybody. I thought — that's what a 9-year-old did to me, I thought I could do it back. Chris, I blame you for that."

Peyton then added, "My fault too. I encouraged you to do it, my fault. We apologize."

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The moment quickly went viral on social media as fans reacted.

"I am literally busting out laughing every time I see this today...... @EliManning might have just become my favorite Manning 😂😂😂," one Twitter user wrote. Another person added, "Nothing like an older brother egging you on to throw the "double bird" on national television😂."

One person also tweeted, "I did see Eli Manning flip off the world … I did not realize Peyton Manning egged him on to do it😂 As a big brother I don't know if I could ever top getting my brother in trouble on a National stage. I need to step it up."

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