Peyton Manning Allegations
Peyton Manning has had some kind of year. From injuries, to HGH allegations, to rumors of retirement, and an eventual Super Bowl 50 championship with the Denver Broncos, its been a roller-coaster ride for the legendary NFL quarterback. On Saturday, that roller-coaster plunged again.
Shaun King of the New York Daily News wrote an article revealing well-hid secrets of Peyton Manning's sexual assault allegations from his time in college at the University of Tennessee.
Court documents reveal that Manning's "squeaky-clean" image is not at all what we believe it to be.
Manning is among a number of UT athletes cited in a lawsuit filed by a group of six un-named women who allege that the University of Tennessee created a "hostile sexual environment", violating Title IX regulations.
His particular case described in the lawsuit alleges that in 1996, when Manning was the Volunteers' quarterback, he placed his naked genitals on the face of female athletic trainer Dr. Jamie Naughright while she was examining him for an injury. Manning has denied that he assaulted the trainer, saying instead that he was "mooning" a teammate. Assistant athletic trainer Mike Rollo helped Manning concoct the mooning story in order to protect the star of the football program. Manning was never involved in a police investigation in the incident.
Dr. Jamie Naughright, later sued Manning. In the case, the player who Manning says he was "mooning," Malcolm Saxon, refuted Manning's claims, and later wrote a personal letter to Manning regarding the incident:
"First, I have stuck to my same story throughout this drama. I told Mike Rollo the next day and Coach Fulmer a week or two afterwards. I had nothing to hide at that point and I have nothing to hide today. I have never been on Jamie's side or on your side (contrary to what the athletic department was telling you and telling her). I stuck to the truth and I lost my eligibility for it. My redshirt request sat on Mike Rollo's desk for months as the process was going forward. I'm not angry about it anymore, just getting a little tired of it!!
"Peyton, you messed up. I still don't know why you dropped your drawers. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe not. But it was definitely inappropriate. Please take some personal responsibility here and own up to what you did. I never understood why you didn't admit to it....
"Coming clean is the right thing to do."
Naughright's lawsuit against Manning was settled in 1997 with the agreement that she leave the university.
After moving on from the University of Tennessee and accepting a position with Florida Southern, Naughright filed another lawsuit on Manning and his father Archie in 2003. The two had written about her in their book "Manning: A Father, His Sons and a Football Legacy." The book discussed the interactions between Naughright and athletes. Manning exclaimed how Naughright had a "vulgar" mouth and shined her in an unflattering light. A settlement was later reached in the defamation lawsuit.
These incident bring us to the recent lawsuit where Manning is mentioned. It is likely that Manning will be back in court to testify in this case.
This scenario could be reminiscent of pro-golfer Tiger Woods. An athlete with a squeaky clean image and who sits on the top of his respective sport, paying for transgressions made in the past. Obviously those scenarios are completely different, but you can identify a few similarities.
What we are left with now is what to make of Peyton Manning. He had an image few athletes are able to attain. An "Derek Jeter" type image. A guy who did everything right, said everything right, and made you pull for him and his team on the field. Should these allegations develop in any way, there is no doubt that Manning's image will take a hit.
What are your thoughts of Manning after learning about these allegations?