Peyton Manning and sex scandal are two things you might never expect to see in the same article. If so, you don’t know about the incident that happened at the University of Tennessee when Manning was the Tennessee Volunteers star quarterback.
Due to all the negative press the NFL has suffered over the last couple of weeks — self-inflicted, I should add — this story was destined to find its way across the internet.
It’s thought that no one has made that big of a deal over it because, when it reportedly occurred, there wasn’t a Twitter or Facebook or [insert social network of choice here] to make it spread like wildfire.
Yet the young woman this supposedly happened to — a personal trainer for the University of Tennessee athletic program — won a $300,000 settlement from the school for this and other incidents of sexual harassment not perpetrated by Peyton Manning.
I won’t get in to those for the purposes of this article, but will instead focus on what she alleged happened between her and the Denver Broncos quarterback in 1996. The trainer’s name was Jamie Ann Naughright.
Naughright said that she was examining Peyton Manning to see why there was pain in one of his feet. While crouched behind him, Manning, “entirely unprovoked… decided to pull down his shorts and sit on Dr. Naughright’s head and face.”
“It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area in between the testicles. And all that was on my face when I pushed him up,” Naughright said in the deposition.
Manning claimed he was in the training room and dropped his pants to moon cross country athlete Malcolm Saxon as a prank. He said he did not know Naughright was in the room until it was too late.
In a later autobiography of the Mannings, Peyton described the trainer as having a “vulgar mouth,” reports The Post Game, and Naughright was demoted from her job at Florida Southern College, the site notes, as a result of the accusation.
Worse yet, a student-athlete who claims to have witnessed the incident wrote Peyton a letter telling him to admit what he’d done.
To date, Manning has downplayed it, though he had to re-settle with Naughright after discussing the incident a second time on ESPN.
What lends credence to this Peyton Manning sex scandal more than the actual settlement figures — the second time, the amount was undisclosed — is how you could be hearing more of this from Naughright, but she has stayed largely silent.
It wasn’t until Peyton brought it up that she took legal action.
What do you think, readers? Should America reevaluate how it sees Peyton Manning?