The allegations against the University of Tennessee in a federal lawsuit filed last week refer to events from the past two decades, including an incident in February 1996 involving then-Vols quarterback Peyton Manning and an associate athletic trainer for the school, Dr. Jamie Naughright.
Naughright’s allegations about sexual harassment and discrimination were never confined solely to the incident with Manning, in which he alleged he was mooning a teammate as a joke, while she alleged he sexually assaulted her by placing his “gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles, and the area in between the testicles” on her face, according to her testimony. That incident has spawned multiple lawsuits and received the bulk of the media coverage, which has been heightened this week after the New York Daily News published a court document Saturday from Naughright’s legal counsel tied to one of those lawsuits.
Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz published Naughright’s initial complaint to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday. The complaint listed 27 examples of sexual harassment and/or discrimination that Naughright was the alleged victim of or witnessed. Eventually, the list grew to 33 incidents, but the final one on the initial list, No. 27, was the now-infamous one from February 1996 involving Manning.
In total, the alleged incidents span from 1994-96, during Naughright’s time working with the football program. One of the incidents, from 1994, is redacted, which could be a second involving Manning that was alluded to in the court document from Naughright’s legal counsel and by Daily News writer Shaun King on Sunday.
The other allegations in the complaint, which can be viewed in full here, included:
* Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer hit on on Naughright while she was working on his foot. “Jamie, you like big men don’t you?” Naughright alleged that Fullmer said. Fullmer denied the allegation, and one of the people Nauright reported the incident to, then-special teams coach Dick O’Brien, said Fulmer “probably didn’t mean it” the way Naughright received the comment. (No. 2 on the list)
* Multiple members of the coaching and football support staff, and multiple players made jokes or lewd comments to Naughright, including about the size of her breasts. (Nos. 4, 7, 22 and 25)
* Naughright accused six athletes of being responsible for stealing money from a community service project. One athlete allegedly “verbally assaulted” her and “threw money” at her when confronted. Naughright alleged another athlete told her that Fulmer and her boss, Mike Rollo, asked players to alter their story about the situation. (No. 11)
* An unnamed athlete made a comment to Naughright about being “sexually aroused” while receiving treatment from her. (No. 24)
* In reference to the incident involving Manning, Moskovitz wrote that Fulmer “denied ever talking to (Malcolm) Saxon about this subject.” Saxon witnessed the incident between Manning and Naughright, and later wrote a letter to Manning that said he lost his eligibility for telling the truth about what happened and imploring him to set the record straight to help Naughright regain her credibility in her profession.
By doing so, Fulmer admitted under oath he did not speak to the only witness about an incident involving his starting quarterback and a member of the team’s training staff.
The current lawsuit, filed by six women, claims the university “enabled an environment of bad behavior and used a disciplinary system that favored the players.” The lawsuit cited more than a dozen incidents, including ones that involved players who have played for the current coaching staff and as far back as the 1996 incident involving Manning and Naughright.
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.