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Colts owner Irsay, Manning issue joint statement, say no hard feelings

01/27/2012 03:08 EST | Updated 03/28/2012 05:12 EDT
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay say there are no hard feelings between them.

The two issued a joint statement, saying they've had a great relationship based on respect and trust since 1998. They said they had a long talk Friday after a week of comments that suggested a rift had developed.

Manning went public this week with his frustration over the firings of coach Jim Caldwell and others after the Colts' 2-14 season. And Irsay on Thursday called Manning a "politician" who shouldn't have aired the dirty laundry.

The two say they are committed to maintaining their close relationship and working through any challenges. The Colts must decide by March 8 whether to pay Manning a US$28 million bonus or risk losing him to free agency.

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