Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) is playing defense after delivering what TMZ Sports labeled the “gaffe of the year” to a reporter who asked him about the sexual assault allegations against Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Sammie Hill.
After saying he has never heard of the player from his home state’s NFL team, Cohen said, “I don’t keep up with football, except college football, except Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. And Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people other than their wives.”
According to TMZ, Cohen did not immediately realize his mistake and moved on to other topics without correcting himself.
“Congressman Cohen misspoke, abhors sexual violence of any kind, is a fan of both Manning brothers, and deeply regrets any confusion,” his spokesman Ben Garmisa said in a statement Friday. “His intention was simply to indicate that Eli and Peyton are in committed, monogamous marriages.”
You may recall Cohen’s brush with fame last year, when he was caught tweeting “I love you” at a 24-year-old model during the State of the Union address. At the time, he claimed that she was his out-of-wedlock daughter, but months later, paternity tests disproved that theory.
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