The University of Tennessee has filed a motion to have allegations against Peyton Manning removed from the Title IX lawsuit levied against the Vols earlier this month.
The motion describes Manning’s inclusion in the lawsuit as “immaterial, impertinent and scandalous,” according to the Knoxville News Sentinel’s MJ Slaby.
Manning admitted to exposing his backside to former Tennessee trainer Jamie Naughright in 1996. However, in a lawsuit filed against Manning for defamation in 2003, Naughright accused Manning of improper contact during the incident. The lawsuit alleges that the university has created a “hostile sexual environment” and named several incidents that have occurred over the past 20 years.
The motion went on to describe the mention of Manning in the suit as “a misguided attempt to generate publicity.” Manning’s mention in the lawsuit has certainly generated publicity. He has repeatedly been the subject of national media reports since the lawsuit went public, leading the Vols to go on the defensive.
In addition to the motion concerning Manning, Tennessee held a press conference on Tuesday morning in which all 16 head athletic coaches answered questions from the media, regarding the lawsuit.