Denver Broncos superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was robbed Sunday night.
On the same night that his team earned a victory against the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs during a Sunday Night Football appearance, one of the Papa John’s pizza restaurant franchises that Manning owns was robbed.
According to Will Brinson of CBSSports.com, the robbers entered a Papa John’s store Sunday night at 1505 East Evans Avenue in Denver and stole money from the cash register.
The staff at TMZ reported that two masked gunmen entered the restaurant, brandishing guns and demanded that the employees give them the money from the register.
Fortunately, no one was hurt during the robbery. It is currently unknown how much of the cash was looted in the heist, as the suspects are still at large.
As per TMZ, police believe the suspects are males in their 20s, and their description matches those from a number of other thefts in the area Sunday night.
Brinson confirmed that this particular Papa John’s was one of the 21 franchises that Manning purchased last year. At the time, the future Hall of Fame quarterback said of his latest investment: "It's a smart investment now and will be long after I'm done playing football.”
TMZ noted back in October that the Manning-owned restaurants usually earn between $5,000-$6,000 per day.
The last thing Manning needs right now is a distraction, as the 37-year-old signal-caller is preparing for a much-anticipated showdown with the New England Patriots in Week 12.
His 9-1 Broncos must travel to Foxborough to take on the 7-3 Pats, a solid team that still has aspirations of challenging Denver for the AFC crown in 2013. It’s a critical contest that Manning must be completely focused for, so hopefully these perpetrators can be brought to justice sooner than later.