Just days after Peyton Manning walked off the field as a two-time Super Bowl champ, an alleged sexual assault scandal cover up involving the football star has come to light.
Citing a 13-year-old, 74-page court document recently leaked to him by an anonymous source, Shaun King details the alleged assault and subsequent cover up in a piece written for The New York Daily News. The court documents — filed by the alleged victim, Dr. Jaime Ann Naughright — tell the story of a not-so-squeaky clean Peyton Manning, during his tenure at the University of Tennessee, 20 years ago.
In the court documents originally filed in 2003 in a defamation lawsuit against Peyton and Archie Manning, Naughright alleges that in 1996, while working as the Director of Health & Wellness for the Men’s Athletic Program at the University of Tennessee, she was sexually assaulted by Peyton Manning. While Dr. Naughright was examining Manning’s foot for a potential stress factor, she claims that Peyton purposefully maneuvered himself so that he could place his “naked butt and rectum” on her face.
“He forcefully maneuvered his naked testicles and rectum directly on her face with his penis on top of her head.”
The court documents go on to say that Manning vehemently denied the accusations, and Mike Rollo, the athletic trainer for the University of Tennessee — who also happened to be Naughright’s superior — claimed it was a simple accident that occurred when Peyton attempted to moon his team mate, Mike Saxon.
In a letter to Peyton Manning obtained by Bleacher Report, however, Saxon denied the claims that Peyton was attempting to moon him when the alleged sexual assault happened, and in fact, urges Manning to speak up and “take some personal responsibility” for what he did.
“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.”
Naughright left the University of Tennessee soon after the incident, and took a job at Florida Southern College. However, in 2001, Peyton and Archie Manning released a book titled Manning, in which derogatory things were said about Dr. Naughright — namely Peyton claiming in the book that the doctor had a “vulgar mouth,” and the ghostwriter of their book, John Underwood, stating under oath that Archie Manning claimed Naughright was promiscuous, and had been having sex with numerous African American student-athletes. The things said about her in Manning led to Naughright losing her job at Florida Southern College, and prompted her to file the defamation lawsuit against Peyton and Archie Manning.
The recently obtained court documents also allege a cover up of the Peyton Manning incident, stating that following the sexual assault, the University “didn’t want their star player embroiled in a sexual assault scandal,” and so they attempted to convince Naughright to blame the incident, and her subsequent departure from the University, on another player.
“What I’m saying is they asked me to go with the story that it was — the reason why I left was because of another athlete, who was African American, exposed himself and said something. They wanted to have me say that was the reason and not the reason of what Mr. Manning did when he assaulted me.”
In 1997, a year after the alleged sexual assault incident involving Peyton Manning, Naughright reached a settlement with the University of Tennessee for the sum of $300,000. In 2003, her defamation lawsuit against the Mannings was settled for an undisclosed amount.
It is unclear why these court documents were sent to Shaun King 13 years after they were filed and settled, but whether or not the decades-old allegations will harm Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image still remains to be seen.
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