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Eli Manning's remarks on domestic violence, child abuse issues

Here is what the Giants quarterback had to say earlier this week about the domestic violence and child abuse issues that have recently been a problem for the NFL.

Eli Manning
Eli Manning
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Earlier on Friday we posted about the reaction of New York Giants players to remarks made by quarterback Eli Manning about the recent rash of domestic violence and child abuse issues that have plagued the NFL. Problem is, we never actually published what Manning said.

Let's rectify that right now. From a session with reporters earlier this week, here is what Manning said.

On domestic violence ...

"We've got to make sure that's not happening. We can't accept that as players, can't accept that from our teammates around the league. I think the message is out that you can't mess with domestic violence and everybody should know that. Hopefully things get cleared up and cleaned up and guys can learn from this so we don't make these mistakes and the NFL can learn from this and we can go on and start getting back to football. Our team hasn't had to deal with that issue personally, but when it's on TV every day, obviously you're aware of it."

On child abuse ...

"I don't know how to word it - punishing your child where it's hurting your child and putting them in danger so obviously .... Yeah. I do a lot of things with children, you hate to see a child that is being hurt. You don't like seeing those things or hearing about them. Just try to go home and hug your own children."

On protecting the league's image ...

"I think when you're a football player and you play in the NFL, anything that happens amongst the other players gets reflected upon everybody. That's just the way it goes. That's unfortunate, because it's a small number of people that this is happening to. I don't know all the facts on every single case and what's going on, but as players, we've got to be aware of what's going on, learn from the situations, but we've still got to go out there, do our job, be good citizens in our community, be good people and try to reflect our image and the New York Giants in a positive way."