A federal judge has denied a motion to remove a reference to Peyton Manning within the Title IX lawsuit against Tennessee on Tuesday, according to reports.
The school is being sued by eight women who were involved in different sexual assault incidents while attending Tennessee. The lawsuit claims the university enabled a sexual assault culture and was particularly lenient toward athletes.
Manning is cited in the lawsuit for an altercation involving a former associate trainer, Jamie Whited, in 1996. Manning was accused of sitting on Whited while being evaluated for an injury. The judge ruled that the paragraph mentioning Manning has relevance to the case and was not just an example of the history of UT’s enabling culture.
The judge also denied Tennessee’s improper venue motion that asked for the case to be moved Knoxville, Tenn., rather than in Nashville.