Peyton Manning Says 'A Lot of People' Told Him Not to Golf with Donald Trump

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2017

DUBLIN, OH - MAY 31:  Peyton Manning plays a shot during the pro-am round of The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 31, 2017 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show Tuesday night and spoke about a day he spent golfing with President Donald Trump, adding that many people—including Kimmel—had told him not to golf with Trump. 

Manning said the experience was an enjoyable one, however, and that Trump didn't cheat during the round they played together.

You can see the full excerpt below:

In his interview with Manning, Kimmel referenced a Samuel L. Jackson claim that the president cheated at golf.

"Oh, I am, for sure," Jackson had said when asked who the better golfer was between he and Trump in an interview with the United Airlines' Rhapsody magazine (h/t Page.Six.com). "I don’t cheat."

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya also told Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press in May 2016 that Trump cheated while playing with him, though the president denied ever playing with De La Hoya (h/t Yahoo Sports):

"De La Hoya, who is an avid golfer, claims Trump joined his group on the first tee at Trump National and promptly hit his first drive in the water, then hit two others before driving ahead and finding his ball in the middle of the fairway. On the next hole, he said Trump hit it in the bushes but the ball somehow ended up on the green close to the hole for a 'gimme.'

"'Yes, I caught him,' De La Hoya said. 'It was unbelievable. But I guess it was his course, so it was his rules.'"

And a 2015 article by Ben Terris of the Washington Post noted then-managing editor of Sports Illustrated Mark Mulvoy, rock star Alice Cooper and sportswriter Rick Reilly all said Trump cheated while playing golf.

But Tuesday night, Manning said didn't observe any cheating.

"I counted his strokes," he told Kimmel, adding that he thinks he would have called out Trump if he had noticed him cheating.

"He played it honest," he added. "He gives you a lot of putts, now, he will give you a lot of putts. He expects those to be reciprocated."

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