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Peyton Manning reached out to Jim Irsay, says it’s “very personal”

Jim Irsay, Peyton Manning

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, right, announces that the NFL football team will release quarterback Peyton Manning, left, during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay have a complicated relationship. Irsay has said many times that he’s thankful for everything Manning did during his tenure with the Colts, but Irsay also cut Manning -- and took some veiled swipes at Manning last season, both before and after the Colts beat the Broncos in the regular season.

Now Irsay is getting treatment after he was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and felony possession of a controlled substance, and Manning says he reached out to Irsay. But Manning declined to get into what was said.

That’s a private topic,” Manning told the Associated Press. “It’s very private and very personal.”

Manning’s Broncos will face Irsay’s Colts in the first Sunday night game of the season. It remains to be seen whether Irsay will be back with his team when the season starts.