The New York Daily News released a 74-page document Saturday submitted during a defamation suit levied against Peyton and Archie Manning in 2003 that includes several allegations of an incident between Peyton Manning and a female member of the University of Tennessee’s training staff in 1996.
The document includes the ensuing steps the Mannings and other members of the university allegedly took to discredit her or falsify what occurred. The document, entitled “Facts of the Case” was filed by Jamie Naughright’s legal counsel in a defamation suit stemming from a book co-authored by the Mannings and ghost written by John Underwood called “Manning: A Father, His Sons and a Football Legacy,” which was released in September 2000.
The allegations from the document, which can be seen in full here, include:
* There was a previous incident with Manning and Naughright in 1994, during Manning’s first semester on campus. The details of this incident were sealed.
“Counsel for Peyton Manning has requested that certain exhibits and deposition testimony relating to the 1994 incident be designated as part of the “confidential record” and not be publicly revealed,” the document states. (page 10)
* Manning did not “moon” Naughright during the Feb. 29, 1996 incident, as was suggested in the book, but rather placed his “gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area between the testicles” on her face while she attempted to push him off. (pages 14-15)
* Another player, Malcolm Saxon, who was present and witnessed the incident, lost his eligibility, because he did not conform and go along with an altered version of the incident put forward by Naughright’s boss, Mike Rollo, and Manning. (pages 15-20)
* The school asked Naughright to say that a black player had exposed himself to her and that — not the incident with Manning — was why she took medical leave. (pages 18-19)
* Manning twice taunted Naughright about the incident at later dates, pulling his pants down and sitting on another person’s face while she was in sight. (page 21)
* The Mannings made up a story about Naughright calling other players expletives to corroborate the assertion in the book “Manning” that she “had a vulgar mouth,” and no one who was present corroborated this story under oath. (pages 24-33)
* Archie Manning told Underwood, the ghost writer of the book, that his son told him Naughright was having sexual relations with athletes, and no one corroborated this claim under oath. (pages 35-36)
* Naughright’s boss, Rollo, called her “[expletive] bumper,” or “bumper,” a derogatory phrase directed at a lesbian (though she is not), and referred to a Tennessee women’s team as the “Lady Lickers.” (pages 5-8)
While the previously reported incident between Manning and Naughright took place 20 years ago, it has been referenced in a current federal lawsuit levied against the University of Tennessee.
The lawsuit, filed by six women who name five current and former Tennessee athletes, claims that the university “enabled an environment of bad behavior and used a disciplinary system that favored the players,” citing more than a dozen incidents, including ones that hadn’t been previously reported.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs name Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart and football coach Butch Jones among those who were “personally aware” of previous sexual assaults and rapes committed by football players, but protected the interest of the football team rather than the victims of the crimes.
The lawsuit also alleges a former Tennessee player, Drae Bowles, was assaulted by teammates for driving one of alleged sexual assault victims to the hospital encouraging her to go to the police. Another player told police one of their teammates had put a “hit out” on Bowles.