Peyton Manning's wife joining Grizzlies' group

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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"While my focus is on playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos, I look forward to watching her become involved with her hometown team," Peyton Manning said.

Ashley Manning is very excited to commit to the Grizzlies' new ownership group.

"As a native of Memphis, it was important to me that the Grizzlies remain in Tennessee and continue to have a positive impact on the community," she said.

Manning's involvement will not be a conflict for the quarterback with the NFL, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello.

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said Tuesday that the ownership change will not affect the players themselves or change what they have to do on the court. But they all have heard about Pera, a former Apple engineer who left in 2005 to start Ubiquiti Networks, a communications technology company that makes WiFi networking equipment.

"We've heard a lot of good things about him, and his intentions are all good," Conley said. "I know the city of Memphis should be excited. As a team, we are excited. It's going to be a different expectation for us, and we're just looking forward to taking it on."

The Grizzlies open the season Oct. 31 at the Los Angeles Clippers.

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AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report from Englewood, Colo.