When the New York Daily News released a 74-page court document Saturday that included new details and allegations stemming from a 1996 incident involving Peyton Manning when he was at the University of Tennessee, there was a portion that was missing.
It might not be a mystery for much longer.
The document, written by Dr. Jamie Naughright’s legal counsel during a defamation lawsuit in 2003, alleged that Manning sexually assaulted Naughright, at the time Tennessee’s Associate Athletic Trainer, by placing his “gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area between the testicles” on her face while she was examining a foot injury on Feb. 29, 1996. Manning has refuted, saying that he was “mooning” a teammate.
It also referenced a previous incident involving Manning and Naughright, in November 1994, when Manning was a freshman at the university. Part of the document pertaining to that incident was sealed, at the request of Manning’s legal counsel.
The author of the Daily News’ story, Shaun King, said Sunday the details of that incident may not remain sealed.
“This week, we will likely release more documents, not only about Peyton, but about the racism, sexism, & deep negligence of the university,” King tweeted.
“I believe we will be able to release the redacted portion of the court documents as well. I’ve discovered what that was about. Deep & ugly,” King tweeted.
There are about four pages of the document, starting on page 10 and ending on page 14, that were not revealed by the Daily News.
“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,” it reads on Page 10 of the document.
King did not specify what the incident in November 1994 involved, but he alluded to it being serious.
“In his freshman year, Peyton Manning committed a MAJOR violation at the University. His attorneys forced it to be redacted in our documents,” King tweeted.
“Dr. Jamie Naughright was the one who caught Peyton Manning in this violation his freshman year. That’s the ROOT of every problem they have,” King tweeted.
As King alluded to, Naughright’s lawyers said the 1994 incident was the beginning of a series of events that included the alleged sexual assault in 1996 where there was animosity between Manning and Naughright before she left the university.
The 1996 incident was also named 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 the one involving Manning and others that hadn’t been previously reported.