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Report: Manning accuser called sexual assault crisis center on day of incident

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Just when it appears that no new developments are coming in the 20-year-old incident involving Peyton Manning, another new development emerges. Today’s comes from ESPN, which quietly has become the leading source in recent days of new information about the incident — much of it casting a negative light on Manning.

ESPN’s Outside The Lines (a/k/a “it’s separate from ESPN’s army of NFL reporters so don’t hold it against any of them”) reports that Jamie Naughright called a sexual assault crisis center on the day of the incident, February 29, 1996.

The document shows one of five boxes checked for describing the incident: “Adult sexual assault.” The document doesn’t name Manning, but refers generally to a “very well known public figure.” Notes taken by the person receiving the call from Naughright wrote the following: “I can’t believe this . . . . I told my boss tonite. . . . sense there will be a coverup. . . . head coach letting them get away [with] everything. . . . tonite — was witnessed by another team member. . . . Lady Vol raped a year ago [and] recent rape covered up. . . . [Mike] Rollo told her tonite repeatedly, ‘I don’t think is best handled by the press or police.’ . . . Caller did not want to discuss details of assault over the phone — feared for her job, worried and feared for her life.”

In a formal complaint of sexual harassment filed six months later, Naughright said that Manning (who was unnamed in that document, too) “exposed himself” during the incident, without alleging contact or describing the incident as a “sexual assault.”

PFT has now obtained all three volumes of Naughight’s deposition testimony from her 2002 defamation lawsuit against Peyton Manning and others. Here’s how she explained the situation under oath: “Well, we were in a room like this and then like all the sudden like a shadow it started to get dark on the flooring. Just like this light. I started to see darkness underneath it him [sic]. A change in light. . . . At the time, I really didn’t understand why it was getting dark. Then, I felt something hit the top of my head and I heard laughter. . . . I started to rotate my head and thats’ when Mr. Manning’s naked butt and rectum was on my face. . . .”

She later explained that it was more than the “naked butt and rectum” on her face; “It was the gluteus maximum, the rectum, the testicles, the area in between the testicles,” Naughright testified. “And all that was on my face when I pushed him up and off.”

Naughright testified that she pushed Manning away and called Manning an “ass” but didn’t yell or scream because “[w]hen he turned around and looked at me with that anger in his eyes that I saw, I did not want to get confrontational with him.” She also said he had “anger and he smirked and he laughed,” and that Malcolm Saxon (who witnessed the incident but was never questioned under oath) was “shocked” by what he saw.

Skeptics of Naughright’s version will continue to point out that at one point she called it a sexual assault, at one point she said Manning simply exposed himself, and then under oath she painted a graphic (and if true very troubling) picture of Manning dropping his rear end onto her face. Manning’s story, while consistent, is at the far opposite end of the spectrum, with a claim that he was mooning Saxon and Naughright inadvertently saw it.

Both Naughright and Manning had reasons to cling to their version of the events. For Naughright, two different legal claims were fueled by the allegation; for Manning, nothing positive ever would have come from admitting he did what she claims he did.

Maybe the differences in Naughright’s various explanations flow from the fairly unique nature of the conduct about which she complained. Despite curious circumstances relating to their content and creation, the affidavit executed and letter written by Saxon six years later tend to corroborate Naughright more than Manning. The failure of Manning’s lawyers to take Saxon’s deposition becomes even more puzzling in light of the appearance that his testimony breaks the tie in Naughright’s favor.

Then there’s this: PFT has learned that Naughright’s lawyers scheduled, on July 15, 2003, a deposition of Saxon for December 15, 2003. On December 3, 2003 (roughly a month after a judge ruled that the case would proceed to trial), Naughright’s lawyers canceled the deposition.

It’s unclear why Manning’s lawyers didn’t promptly attempt to get Saxon under oath in advance of trial, or why they didn’t previously file a cross-notice of deposition, which arguably would have prevented Naughright’s lawyers from canceling the deposition unilaterally. It ultimately didn’t matter, because the case settled at mediation three weeks after Saxon’s deposition was canceled.

Without Saxon’s testimony, it’s impossible to fully resolve the dispute between Naughright’s version and Manning’s version. There’s enough from the testimony and the circumstances, however, to permit a reasonable person to conclude that Manning did something far more than moon Saxon.

Which means that we’ve finally reached the point where there’s enough evidence to allow educated opinions to be made about what did and didn’t happen, even though we’ll never know what happened with the kind of clarity that would have existed if Saxon had spoken.

There’s a chance he still will. Although Saxon has declined recent media requests, he’s the only one of the trio not bound by the confidentiality provisions of the settlement agreement between Naughright and Manning.

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186 Responses to “Report: Manning accuser called sexual assault crisis center on day of incident”
  1. duanethomas33 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:38 PM

    Enough.

  2. tylawspick6 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:41 PM

    Bye Bye Goodell. Bye Bye Manning.

    Arrest them both now.

  3. nhpats says: Feb 22, 2016 8:42 PM

    Manning is generally aware that he ruined this woman’s life. What a schmuck. I hope some team hires Brett Favre back for a few games so he can reclaim his records.

  4. dallascowboysforever says: Feb 22, 2016 8:47 PM

    Jamie Naughright collected $300,000 in a defamation suit from the University of Tennessee and Peyton Manning paid her off twice. I guess that means she was never sexually assaulted right? Just because she agreed to accept money, that doesn’t mean she was never sexually assaulted. There’s circumstantial evidence against Peyton Manning in the HGH case and this one as well.

  5. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:48 PM

    Frankly, Manning’s career is probably over.
    Landing with a new team is unlikely now.
    Only a really desperate team will take a shot on him.
    Retirement is probably his best option at this point.
    I think we will mostly remember him fondly.
    Of course if the accusations are true, maybe not.

    If he doesn’t retire soon, he will get cut.
    Should make for an interesting press conference.

    He’ll probably avoid this topic though.
    It’s also doubtful he’d bring up the HGH allegations.
    Those could be pretty damning as well.
    Like the assault accusations, we need to wait for the facts.
    Even so it hurts his marketability.
    Regardless a great career Peyton.

  6. Slapshot says: Feb 22, 2016 8:50 PM

    Peyton, Mark Geragos on line 1.

  7. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Feb 22, 2016 8:52 PM

    OH GOODY

  8. investwax says: Feb 22, 2016 8:53 PM

    Why is all this even coming up now?

  9. merrhod says: Feb 22, 2016 8:53 PM

    If Saxon speaks the truth, Peyton’s squeaky clean is tarnished. On top of the HGH allegations, this doesn’t look good. Archie will find a way for Saxon to keep his mouth shut.

  10. orangecrusher77 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:53 PM

    This looks worse by the day on the Manning family. Ultimate power tends to corrupt ultimately. However, with it being reported by BSPN, you never can consider it as being the truth.

  11. metalhead9652 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:53 PM

    He should be forced to endure having HER rectum rubbed on his face!

    Eye for an eye and nothing less!!!

  12. dallascowboysforever says: Feb 22, 2016 8:55 PM

    Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time but I’ll take Tom Brady “more probable than not” deflating footballs over Peyton Manning being accused of using HGH and sexually assaulting a woman, for any given important football game. Imagine if Peyton Manning had to face the Broncos’ defense in that AFC championship game on the Pats…

  13. davefromtheburgh says: Feb 22, 2016 8:56 PM

    Count me as one who is tired of the never-ending talk about player transgressions and discipline. The NFL has become a soap opera about appropriate punishment and a prism for every social ill there is. While I blame the players, I also blame the media for making the NFL into a social justice laboratory.

  14. a1b24312 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:56 PM

    Momey grab.

  15. upperdecker19 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:56 PM

    TMZ holding on Mr Saxon’s home line, cell line and work line with a wire transfer of $250K in progress……..

  16. abninf says: Feb 22, 2016 8:57 PM

    Mitt Romney bullied a kid back in high school.

  17. jag1959 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:57 PM

    If Saxon were to come forward and his version matched Manning’s exactly would it be perceived as credible? After all, if his testimony were going to matchwould there have been a settlement in the first place?

  18. rcali says: Feb 22, 2016 9:01 PM

    Have to think if Manning wasn’t a multi-owner of Papa John’s pizza shops he’d be dropped pronto as a shill.

  19. mazenblue says: Feb 22, 2016 9:03 PM

    *sexassault

  20. steelers6rngs says: Feb 22, 2016 9:03 PM

    The COMBINE can’t start soon enough!!

  21. lscottman3 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:04 PM

    Anyone notice the papa johns commercial now running are sans manning?

  22. tylawspick6 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:08 PM

    Manning used PEDs in recent years, while Goodell ignored and enabled it, with the entire Broncos team on it to cheat the game.

    INTEGRITY

  23. lscottman3 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:09 PM

    Everyone involved should testify under oath

    Why wouldn’t they agree to do that

    Unless they have something to hide

    Right?

  24. tonebones says: Feb 22, 2016 9:09 PM

    I’m going to Papa Johns tonight!

  25. wte1 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:10 PM

    It is more probable than not that Peyton Manning rubbed his junk in this poor woman’s face.

    It is more probable than not that Peyton Manning and his father ruined this poor women’s career.

    It is more probable than not that Peyton Manning committed academic fraud at Tennessee.

    It is more probable than not that Peyton Manning had HGH delivered to his home.

  26. joe6606 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:11 PM

    As you posted, a good lawyer never asks a question that he doesn’t want answered in fear of the response. mannings team would never depose Saxon

  27. lgbarn says: Feb 22, 2016 9:13 PM

    Jameis Winston was vilified when he denied allegations and the woman’s story changed constantly. Jameis is actually countersuing to clear his name. Manning’s supporters (or lack there of in this case) are giving him the benefit of the doubt when he settled twice with this woman.

  28. buckyhamm says: Feb 22, 2016 9:13 PM

    The act of what he did is inexcusable but it’s been dealt with, when PD gets inducted into the HOF will they dredge up these articles again?

  29. staffordsyear says: Feb 22, 2016 9:14 PM

    Win The Super Bowl and reach greatness.

    Karma steps in and says..slow down now! lets not crown him just yet lol.

  30. switchwitch59 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:14 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:04 PM

    Anyone notice the papa johns commercial now running are sans manning?
    ———————————–
    He wasn’t in them last year after the NFL season was over either. Just saying.

  31. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 22, 2016 9:16 PM

    Peyton is circling the drain, while Team Manning circles the wagons. Extra butter on my popcorn, please.

  32. pftfanatic says: Feb 22, 2016 9:16 PM

    tylawspick6
    Feb 22, 2016, 8:41 PM EST
    Bye Bye Goodell. Bye Bye Manning.

    Arrest them both now.
    ———

    Arrest them for?????? Not defending either person but posts like this are nonsensical.

  33. margoadams says: Feb 22, 2016 9:20 PM

    Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton and Peyton Manning… all interconnected and not in a good way.

  34. crosberger says: Feb 22, 2016 9:22 PM

    Why is the in the “news”. Whatever happened, it happened in a college football locker room 20 years ago. Lawyers were involved, cash changed hands, and it ended. End of story.

    Why does anyone need this to be discussed again?

  35. bigdogsolec says: Feb 22, 2016 9:26 PM

    OK ,for starters something sounds funny here
    1] this happend in 1996
    2] NOW it’s a big deal
    3] why hasn’t she came foreward before ?
    4] why wait till Peyton is thinking about retirement to bring it up ?

    HMMMM sounds like a scam on her end to tarnish a sure fire hall of famer

  36. moondog7 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:26 PM

    Tom Brady inflated those balls. He’s the bad guy

  37. joedirte says: Feb 22, 2016 9:29 PM

    Tearing down another figure. There’s.some scam going on Here

  38. horses721 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:30 PM

    joe6606 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:11 PM

    As you posted, a good lawyer never asks a question that he doesn’t want answered in fear of the response. mannings team would never depose Saxon
    __________________________________
    It is also why the NFL lawyers never asked for testimony from the Patriot’s ball boy’s in the deflategate framejob! Funny, Attorney Wells never mentions any of their testimony in his report as well. NFL integrity??? Get rid of Goodell

  39. jackbenimble999 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:32 PM

    “There’s enough from the testimony and the circumstances, however, to permit a reasonable person to conclude that Manning did something far more than moon Saxon.”

    – Nuff said.

  40. azblonguy says: Feb 22, 2016 9:33 PM

    WTH!! Too late now. Women settled this years ago and should’ve left it as that. Feel bad for the women if it happened. Not sure if I ever liked Manning. But definitely entertaining news for the night.

  41. isnotreality says: Feb 22, 2016 9:39 PM

    pftfanatic says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:16 PM
    tylawspick6
    Feb 22, 2016, 8:41 PM EST
    Bye Bye Goodell. Bye Bye Manning.

    Arrest them both now.
    ———

    Arrest them for?????? Not defending either person but posts like this are nonsensical.
    ____________________
    But so too has the NFL become nonsensical. But look at us who keep dropping coin on these guys…

  42. dualprime says: Feb 22, 2016 9:41 PM

    Enough already. Let USADA handle the HGH investigation. The courts have already resolved the UT incident. What we think we know or don’t know doesn’t matter. Manning wil retire and we will focus on the draft.

  43. darkneptune73 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:42 PM

    Nothing like attacking an athlete in a offseason, much less after winning the Super Bowl.

  44. chipper41 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:43 PM

    Gotta feeling Eli has had Peyton’s rectum on his face too. Brothers will be brothers. Jocks will be jocks. Might explain that look on Eli’s face when he realized his bro was gonna win a 2nd Lombardi

  45. ckg0913 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:45 PM

    I could have sworn I already read that she contacted a crisis center… unless I didn’t.

  46. switchwitch59 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:45 PM

    Some of you guys need a reminder that Naughright is not involved in this. This is being discussed because 6 unnamed women filed a lawsuit against the University of Tennessee, Naughright is not one of them, and this is one of the incidents cited in the lawsuit. I highly doubt that Naughright appreciates being dragged into this as she’s already lost 2 jobs over it.

  47. moneymike23 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:48 PM

    hmmmm ESPN does not have this on their front page.

  48. barrymichaels61 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:48 PM

    Will all the Peyton apologist have an excuse for this too?
    Hmmmmm

  49. nhpats says: Feb 22, 2016 9:53 PM

    Why won’t Manning make a statement under oath?

  50. Patskrieg says: Feb 22, 2016 9:53 PM

    Oh you mean the woman that Manning apologists have been calling a liar for supposedly not reporting this when it happened?

    That was a fun theory while it lasted.

  51. eagles1960 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:54 PM

    Another great American zero.

  52. thegronk87 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:55 PM

    Put manning in jail please:

    1. He deserves it
    2. No more papa john’s commercials
    3. No more nationwide commercials
    4. No more forehead

  53. tommykramer9 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:55 PM

    He did it all for the nookie yea the nookie

  54. rainsarge says: Feb 22, 2016 9:58 PM

    Honestly who cares a grown woman got flashed 20 years ago by a barely 20 yr old. She was disgusted. That should be the end in a normal world.
    If it was the 3rd string punter who is now a broke wino under a bridge would we hear about it? No. But because the 20 yr old became an successful rich famous upstanding citizen he gets his name dragged through the mud.

  55. tylawspick6 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:58 PM

    Manning is a mouthbreathing inbred. He couldn’t get laid in morgue.

    – Chet

  56. megnailsit says: Feb 22, 2016 9:59 PM

    As far as the “why is this coming up now”, “this has all been settled”, “she’s just looking for money” affirmations:
    You do realize that the last settlement was borne out of Manning’s violation of a confidentiality agreement in their prior settlement that they violated in their book. Yes they didn’t refer to her by name, but when sending a transcript to her place of employment, addressing her in the language they used in the book, you’d have to agree she was being called out. Paul Feinbaum has shared a phone call he had from Archie in which he brought her up and called her a name Feinbaum wouldn’t repeat. Smear much?

  57. tonebones says: Feb 22, 2016 9:59 PM

    Peyton Manning is the epitome of masculinity. Let the feminine males attack. I’ll bet they wish they were in Peyton’s locker room.

  58. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 22, 2016 10:00 PM

    Nationwide insurance everybody. fulfilling all of your home, auto, and personal insurance needs. Papa John’s pizza everybody, grab one now, or have one delivered.

  59. sfm073 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:00 PM

    If the allegations are true (which I wouldn’t doubt), I don’t think you should allow this to completely ruin your entire perception of him and his flawless 20 year career. I’m not condoning what he did, but at 20 years old we’ve all done a lot of dumb things and we wouldn’t want to be judged the rest of our life for that.

  60. kevpft says: Feb 22, 2016 10:00 PM

    “There’s enough from the testimony and the circumstances, however, to permit a reasonable person to conclude that Manning did something far more than moon Saxon.”

    Is there? I’m reasonable, I’m pro-feminism and anti-rape, but all I draw from this is a muddled mess where there’s no evidence of anything, and “far more than mooning” only came along 6 years later.

    What I draw from it is that the accuser had already thought this out before making that call – that she was as much reporting a too-permissive general environment as she was reporting Manning. Which is okay, but when it actually goes to court and you get a settlement but you still supposedly haven’t reported what actually happened, it’s kind of hard to believe it happened.

  61. THX 138 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:01 PM

    She Loved it!

  62. jackfan2 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:12 PM

    Why do you suddenly conclude that it seems likely he did more than he said he did? That was a sudden leap in logic. Plus it was reported many times that she called the crisis center. Why didn’t she call the police, as any woman would had she truly been “assaulted. ” stop dribbling out pieces of 20 year old info like this is watergate! You guys were beaten on this story long ago. You missed your deadline. We have all seen this guy react in good times and bad, watched him prop up weak teams and defeated opponents with class and don’t care about an event that has long since been settled between the patties involved. Who cares what Saxon says 20 years later? Have you all lost your sense of fairness and your objectivity?

  63. tonebones says: Feb 22, 2016 10:16 PM

    She asked Peyton out and Peyton said No. Now this? See ya. I’m going to Papa Johns.

  64. kd75 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:17 PM

    Hillary believes her.

    Until she doesn’t.

  65. mrlaloosh says: Feb 22, 2016 10:17 PM

    The a nines are the anti-Christ….

  66. conspiracybrotherjones says: Feb 22, 2016 10:18 PM

    She did??? Aw Shucks…

  67. dualprime says: Feb 22, 2016 10:27 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:53 PM
    Why won’t Manning make a statement under oath?
    ==========
    Because he doesn’t have to! In fact he shouldn’t say a word unless required by rule or law.

  68. scw1993 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:29 PM

    Sexual improprieties, academic questions of cheating, and possible hgh usage.

    There are too many stories, instances, and inconsistencies for ALL of it to be false. Daddy is there, still trying to get his 40-year old son out of trouble, to get it all covered up.

    Manning’s** legacy is tainted, tarnished beyond compare.

  69. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:29 PM

    Check my posts from a month ago. I predicted mannings dirty laundry would come out after the Super Bowl. This is only the beginning. This is just like Brett Favre.

  70. greatest dynasty ever says: Feb 22, 2016 10:30 PM

    Too bad that Uber driver didn’t take care of Manning for all of us. An habitual sex offender and trafficker of HGH, he needs to be removed from society. See what happens when you let Liar Goodell run amok with his bogus “integrity?” He was probably coked to the gills on HGH when he forced his scrotum on that woman. What a disgrace! What a filthy, cheating, disgusting disgrace!! That’s who your commissioner holds up as an example, and assaults Tom Brady with his 2 puffs of air garbage. Makes me sick!!!

  71. sariff420 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:33 PM

    Why did she settle and not pursue prosecution?

  72. tylawspick6 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:35 PM

    @Jackfan2

    Yeah, Pats losing had nothing to do with a rash of injuries in 2013 or 2015, where Denver lucked out beyond belief with Goodell openly encouraging sketchy officiating to secure Gomer a ring out the door.

    We’ll need to wait to see if they cheated the cap again, when the audits are finalized.

    We know they were all on roids from the Guyer Institute.

  73. iceracer2015 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:36 PM

    Stating the obvious, I have not seen a PM Nationwide or Papa John’s ad on my telly since this mess got rekindled….

  74. tajuara says: Feb 22, 2016 10:39 PM

    I have an honest (and maybe dumb) question, she claimed sexual assault, and she claimed that Rollo was going to cover the whole thing up, so why still file a complain in the University, wouldn’t the most appropriate way to go was to go to the police and file a report? The police would have at least investigated and booked Manning pending charges. I agree that probably the University was going to cover everything up, but at least the police would have gave the victim the benefit of the doubt. Then, in 2002 (6 years later when the statute of limitations was probably still valid) with all the witness and evidence on her favor, why not filed a complain then? She had the monster that destroyed her life, she had the key witness backing her up, so why not pursue criminal action then?

  75. dualprime says: Feb 22, 2016 10:39 PM

    scw1993
    Sexual improprieties, academic questions of cheating, and possible hgh usage.
    =========
    Questions? Possible? Yep, those words sound like you know the irrefutable truth.

  76. davew128 says: Feb 22, 2016 10:43 PM

    bigdogsolec says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:26 PM
    OK ,for starters something sounds funny here
    1] this happend in 1996
    2] NOW it’s a big deal
    3] why hasn’t she came foreward before ?
    4] why wait till Peyton is thinking about retirement to bring it up ?

    HMMMM sounds like a scam on her end to tarnish a sure fire hall of fame
    ***************
    She’s NOT coming forward. She was and is bound by a confidentiality agreement. Did you read ANY of this or just spout the first (of a lifetime full of) ignorant comment that hit your brain?

  77. dualprime says: Feb 22, 2016 10:44 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:35 PM
    @Jackfan2

    Yeah, Pats losing had nothing to do with a rash of injuries in 2013 or 2015, where Denver lucked out beyond belief with Goodell openly encouraging sketchy officiating to secure Gomer a ring out the door.

    We’ll need to wait to see if they cheated the cap again, when the audits are finalized.

    We know they were all on roids from the Guyer Institute
    =======
    Are you 12?

  78. touchdownbrother says: Feb 22, 2016 10:49 PM

    So, what is the statute of limitations on mooning?

  79. tajuara says: Feb 22, 2016 10:51 PM

    She’s NOT coming forward. She was and is bound by a confidentiality agreement. Did you read ANY of this or just spout the first (of a lifetime full of) ignorant comment that hit your brain?

    ——————————————————–

    Yep, let’s pretend that she didn’t leak the 74-page document to Shaun King (wink wink), documents that the court requested to be deleted.

  80. gp1390r says: Feb 22, 2016 11:01 PM

    If this incident is indeed true, it is terrible. And no woman should have to be subjected to that. Having said that…..I’ve dug a little on this Naughtright woman. She’s no saint. And I’m not saying “she deserved it” by any means. I’m saying that she repeatedly bragged about several lawsuits she currently has against others on her now-deleted Twitter account (you can still Google some screen shots taken before she shut it down), uses racial slurs, berates/bullies people, and is a generally terrible person. Painting her as some poor innocent victim that had her career ruined by Manning is far from the truth, IMO. In his book he said she had a “foul mouth”. From what I read on her Twitter account he wasn’t wrong. Again, I’m never saying sexual assault is right, but this wasn’t gang rape. It was crude and inappropriate by 90s standards. And by today’s changed standards is assault. But you can’t apply today’s definitions to something that happened 20 years ago. And the credibility of the victim is pretty bad as well. Just some observations….

  81. jackfan2 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:05 PM

    Everyone. Saxon, the one witness, did not say Manning touched her. He only said Manning wasn’t really mooning him. She does not have “all the witnesses on her side. ” And stop trying to nail Archive to the cross for trying to defend his kid. I love the reporter who breathlessly violates a source by revealing what he told him about the woman who was accusing his kid of something far worse than she accused him of six years earlier. Please! If you believe one of your parents would have renacted calmly and dispassionately, I feel bad for you.

  82. justintuckrule says: Feb 22, 2016 11:12 PM

    #tainted.

    Oh, you thought I was talking about Brady? Nope

  83. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Feb 22, 2016 11:14 PM

    Just enough info to try to smear someone’s career! Gimme a break!

  84. mheader says: Feb 22, 2016 11:17 PM

    Hey ESPN! If you keep bad-mouthing poor Peyton, he won’t want to work for you next season.

  85. broncomath101 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:17 PM

    Well, I’m sure the information isn’t “NEW” since all this was probably part of the original claim and legal proceedings. Just because the public didn’t have access to it doesn’t make it new. New to some maybe. Reporting old news from 20 years ago isn’t really new news.

    I think it is terrible what Manning did to this poor women and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle of both sides but this old 20 year old incident should not be news to anyone or change anyone’s opinion of Manning as an NFL QB who has kept his nose clean (until otherwise proven by investigation) for his entire NFL career.

    We give guys like Vick, Pacman, Winston and many more 2nd chances or more but we hear about a stupid immature jock putting his butt on someone’s face and we are ready to tarnish his entire NFL legacy. What a weird world we live in.

  86. cma1973 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:17 PM

    Not missing his commercials right now. And one small note, most on this site were not willing to take bradys word for a relatively meaningless offense with way less direct evidence but Peyton gets a pass for HGH being shipped to his house and a sexual assault allegation. The double standard here is staggering.

  87. djaehne says: Feb 22, 2016 11:27 PM

    Broncos stirred this pot of Manning stew to get him to retire.

  88. discosucs2005 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:29 PM

    @tajuara

    Yeah, she called a sexual assault hotline several years ago on the off chance that, after Manning wins his second Super Bowl, she’d have the opportunity to…what? Ruin his good name? Why not do this after his first Super Bowl win? He arguably even more popular then than he is now. So what is she gaining by allegedly bringing this up?

    Also, I like how no one can believe this woman’s 1996 story that she told a random sexual assault crisis counselor, but we can definitely believe that she is making it all up?

    Prominent college football player sexually assault a woman? IMPOSSIBLE!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Random woman who could potentially lose her job or worse makes up sexual assault of popular football player?
    100% BELIEVABLE!! ZERO DOUBT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED!!!

  89. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 23, 2016 12:04 AM

    “Today’s comes from ESPN, which quietly has become the leading source in recent days of new information about the incident…”

    When ESPN becomes the “leading source” of a story, most people expect to see pigs contacting air traffic control for a landing on Runway 2…

  90. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:20 AM

    Why is this coming up now? Because a group of women are suing the U of Tenn for allowing the athletic department to systematically humiliate and assault women, including (and especially) the female employees of the department. Manning’s behavior 20 years ago is a part of that long term pattern of tolerance of sexual assault and humiliation.

    The fact that Naughright contacted a crisis within 24 hours of the assault is not breaking news. It’s also not breaking news that her boss cooked up the story that Manning was merely mooning a teammate and pressured her to remain silent about the incident.

    Also, it’s not news that the teammate Manning was supposedly mooning (Saxon) signed a legal affidavit stating that Manning never “mooned” him – and after signing that affidavit Saxon’s eligibility as a student athlete was revoked.

    The original settlement included a non-disclosure agreement signed by both parties. Peyton and his dad Archie have violated the agreement multiple times. They tell lies that defame Naughright. She responds by suing. They settle out of court.

    At one point a judge ruled that Peyton and Archie were saying things about Naughright that they knew were untrue. The Mannings are not the victims. They are the perpetrators.

    Naughright wants this to go away so she can have a career. He’s ruined her life.

  91. davew128 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:35 AM

    tajuara says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:51 PM
    She’s NOT coming forward. She was and is bound by a confidentiality agreement. Did you read ANY of this or just spout the first (of a lifetime full of) ignorant comment that hit your brain?

    ——————————————————–

    Yep, let’s pretend that she didn’t leak the 74-page document to Shaun King (wink wink), documents that the court requested to be deleted.
    *********************************

    Whats her motivation? Seriously. What? She’s not getting any more money. I would think after all this time she really would want to put this behind her. And oh by the way, the court documents are public record for anyone who cares to view them.

  92. coloradotennisfan says: Feb 23, 2016 1:26 AM

    She got an excellent payday for this incident. I am not saying that she wanted this incident, but she did get compensated for the emotional distress. Probably even now she prefers that the incident never happen even with the compensation. I am not sure if the incident as alleged by her is a crime. It was an odd incident, more of a weird prank. If the alleged incident is true, Manning could have face criminal action. He should have faced some university action also.

  93. raideralex99 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:49 AM

    Let’s see … if a woman gets a job in a men’s locker it’s only a matter of time before someone flashes her or she see a naked 20 year old …. $$$$$$$$$$$.

    Seriously spring break is right around the corner … you better built bigger jails … mooning is sexual assault.

  94. agc99 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:05 AM

    GUILTY

  95. yette1 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:16 AM

    ESPN’s Outside The Lines reports = Don’t put too much weight on the veracity of this information.

    ESPN has jumped the shark, and they don’t even know it!

  96. cross300 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:17 AM

    Money can’t buy your way out of everything. Peyton is now finding that out the hard way. Two big public embarrassments back to back.

  97. psljax says: Feb 23, 2016 7:01 AM

    Deflated balls….sexual or physical assault…..Deflated balls….drug use….Deflated balls….integrity of the game.

    This league really has thier values really messed up.

  98. Vir Publius says: Feb 23, 2016 7:12 AM

    So basically this dude out his ass on some chick’s face in college, which really seems like a juvenile joke, and everyone is treating this like a life-ending sexual assault? Really?

  99. cvc1cvc says: Feb 23, 2016 7:13 AM

    This ‘victim’ had several cash settlements over the course of her ‘career’ at 3 different schools. I’m all for offenders being prosecuted, but c’mon…

  100. whywerule says: Feb 23, 2016 7:21 AM

    We give guys like Vick, Pacman, Winston and many more 2nd chances or more but we hear about a stupid immature jock putting his butt on someone’s face and we are ready to tarnish his entire NFL legacy…

    Peyton Manning’s legacy will be different for everyone. He will go into the HOF on the first ballot, sexual assault and HGH use allegations will not prevent that from occurring, and he should go in on his first ballot.

    As far as giving him 2nd chances, he has played in the NFL since 1998 without ever being suspended. He has made hundreds of millions of dollars in salary and endorsements. Whatever stupid or illegal things Peyton Manning is or is not guilty of, he has clearly had his second chances and then some.

  101. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 23, 2016 7:25 AM

    broncomath101 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 11:17 PM
    Well, I’m sure the information isn’t “NEW” since all this was probably part of the original claim and legal proceedings. Just because the public didn’t have access to it doesn’t make it new. New to some maybe. Reporting old news from 20 years ago isn’t really new news.

    I think it is terrible what Manning did to this poor women and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle of both sides but this old 20 year old incident should not be news to anyone or change anyone’s opinion of Manning as an NFL QB who has kept his nose clean (until otherwise proven by investigation) for his entire NFL career.

    We give guys like Vick, Pacman, Winston and many more 2nd chances or more but we hear about a stupid immature jock putting his butt on someone’s face and we are ready to tarnish his entire NFL legacy. What a weird world we live in.

    What’s sad, but not unexpected, is that you miss the point entirely. Its not about his butt and her face. It’s about the Manning Mafia going out of their way to trash Naughright.

    “Sonny” Manning screws up and “Don” Archie fixes it. Then these bastions of integrity write a book about themselves, so we have something to keep near our Bibles I suppose. In this book they make assertions about Naughright and black players. So let’s add a little good old boy racism into the mix.

    Bottom line is that the golden boy has a few spots that need polishing.
    Starting to get the picture yet?

  102. footballfanatic says: Feb 23, 2016 7:28 AM

    It was a prank, a VERY stupid prank, but it was a college kid being dumb. He didnt do it behind closed doors to be malicious, he did it infront of his buddies trying to get a laugh. This isnt like the Jameis Winston thing where it was in private and he ACTUALLY rapped her. This was a quick act, something we see on youtube ALL the time (usually its a guy doing it to another guy- but the prank itself is the same). You hover over a guy, make a loud noise so he pops up right into your buttt. Again, VERY stupid, but not malicious. Relax ppl.

  103. mickton says: Feb 23, 2016 7:40 AM

    She’s a liar that’s why

  104. swineflooo says: Feb 23, 2016 7:41 AM

    How all this was covered up is amazing to me. If this was a non celebrity they would prob be in jail. Blaming the hgh on his wife and this shows u what a fraud manning is

  105. cb3313 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:48 AM

    sfm073 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:00 PM

    If the allegations are true (which I wouldn’t doubt), I don’t think you should allow this to completely ruin your entire perception of him and his flawless 20 year career. I’m not condoning what he did, but at 20 years old we’ve all done a lot of dumb things and we wouldn’t want to be judged the rest of our life for that.
    _______________________________________

    That would have been fine, except he broke the confidentiality agreement and brought it up again in his book years later. Archie, et al over reached and couldn’t help themselves by taking another shot at her…They brought this on themselves…Once it was “settled”, they should’ve shut up and moved on..They threw a rock through the hornet’s nest and now they are getting stung…

  106. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Feb 23, 2016 7:50 AM

    No one cares!!!!!

  107. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Feb 23, 2016 7:50 AM

    Whether you choose to believe it or not, fact is most of this started to resurface when Cam was being lambasted in the media for not diving on a football. There is a double standard, and whether I believe in it or not, some felt it was there duty to remind some folks of the despicable allegations made against Manning many moons ago.

  108. brintfatre says: Feb 23, 2016 8:00 AM

    Wonder if the Broncos are behind all the media buzz. It would be best for them if he just retired.

  109. cubb1 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:09 AM

    False idol.

  110. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 23, 2016 8:23 AM

    Maybe there was a wink/nod agreement not to depose Saxon in order to make it easier to settle the case? I don’t know if that kind of thing happens but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  111. bonitalocal says: Feb 23, 2016 8:25 AM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:59 PM
    Peyton Manning is the epitome of masculinity. Let the feminine males attack. I’ll bet they wish they were in Peyton’s locker room.
    ——————————————————————
    For real?
    Manning is the biggest sissy in sports!
    He has gone from “sacking” women trainers to sacking himself on every third play.
    Soft old man is TERRIFIED of getting hit.
    It’s more shameful than it is funny to watch.

  112. streetyson says: Feb 23, 2016 8:30 AM

    rainsarge says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:58 PM
    Honestly who cares a grown woman got flashed 20 years ago by a barely 20 yr old. She was disgusted. That should be the end in a normal world.
    ————————
    I could have picked a number of posts like this, on this and similar threads, that (wilfully) keep ignoring the main point – it wasn’t just whether he mooned or teabagged her 20yrs ago, it’s that 6 years later he and his father broke the confidentiality clause (that was part of her settlement with the university) in their 2002 book (and Archie’s comments thereof) to trash her professional and personal reputation. She never named him or publicized it, not then or now yet has lost a job (or possibly two).

  113. bonitalocal says: Feb 23, 2016 8:38 AM

    sfm073 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:00 PM
    If the allegations are true (which I wouldn’t doubt), I don’t think you should allow this to completely ruin your entire perception of him and his flawless 20 year career. I’m not condoning what he did, but at 20 years old we’ve all done a lot of dumb things and we wouldn’t want to be judged the rest of our life for that.
    ——————————————————————-
    While I agree with what you are saying….the fact that he continues to lie about all of it, and the fact that he throws his wife to the wolves instead of “Manning Up” speaks volumes to the thought that he is still the same scumbag as he used to be.
    Judge him on that.

  114. bunjy96 says: Feb 23, 2016 8:44 AM

    Who cares at this point except the Manning haters.

    It’s a dead issue.

  115. barneyfifeactionfigure says: Feb 23, 2016 8:45 AM

    I don’t think it is appropriate to disclose the name of the victim of sexual assault, even if it is a matter of public record.

  116. jjackwagon says: Feb 23, 2016 8:47 AM

    Manning settled with his accuser twice and is vilified.
    Big Ben paid off all of his accusers and gets a pass.

  117. dsigrey says: Feb 23, 2016 9:01 AM

    bigdogsolec says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:26 PM
    OK ,for starters something sounds funny here
    1] this happend in 1996
    2] NOW it’s a big deal
    3] why hasn’t she came foreward before ?
    4] why wait till Peyton is thinking about retirement to bring it up ?

    HMMMM sounds like a scam on her end to tarnish a sure fire hall of famer
    ________________________________________

    You realize that Payton himself brought this back up in his book??? His stupidity (arrogance) brought this back up. Had he just kept his mouth shut, this would have stayed buried.

  118. marlinjackson82 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:01 AM

    She has a voulgar mouth, Peyton is right. Look at screens of her now-deleted Facebook page. This woman is far from saint.

  119. mack2x says: Feb 23, 2016 9:02 AM

    The never ending story.

  120. weepingjebus says: Feb 23, 2016 9:04 AM

    That picture shows a normally proportioned head. I bet his feet weren’t comically oversized either.

  121. mack2x says: Feb 23, 2016 9:07 AM

    “Everyone involved should testify under oath”

    Because no one lies under oath.

  122. dsigrey says: Feb 23, 2016 9:23 AM

    The best part of all this is that we most likely won’t have to see Payton on TV providing color for games or see his forehead on ESPN every other day.

  123. THX 138 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:24 AM

    For 300k he can sit on my head. What a total joke this whole story is. What is next? that Manning farted in the 3rd grade at recess?

  124. whywerule says: Feb 23, 2016 9:25 AM

    footballfanatic says:
    Feb 23, 2016 7:32 AM
    I LOVE all the pats trolls on here hating on Peyton Manning…

    Most of the posts on this thread hating on Peyton Manning are from non-Pats fans.

    It is not just Pats fans that give a big thumbs down on men who assault women, and that is a good thing for society.

  125. mmack66 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:29 AM

    lscottman3 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:04 PM

    Anyone notice the papa johns commercial now running are sans manning?
    ———————–

    Probably because the football season is over.

  126. marlinjackson82 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:30 AM

    New development emerges, give me a break. Here are the 33 allegations made by Dr. Jamie Whited and the findings of investigators:

    1. Allegation: spring 1994, sexually explicit movies shown on bus trips; players chanted about Whited “having sex with” a janitor/manager.

    Finding/analysis: Movies weren’t pornographic; couldn’t conclude whether Whited complained about chanting then.

  127. marlinjackson82 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:31 AM

    2. Allegation: fall 1994, head football Coach Phillip Fulmer commented, “Jamie , you like big men, don’t you?” Whited reported it to her boss and another coach.

    Finding/analysis: Denied by Fulmer. Boss said she never mentioned it. Other coach said Whited probably misunderstood Fulmer.

  128. isphet71 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:45 AM

    Pretty clear Manning did something wrong if what the alleged victim says is true, but in most states what Manning did would be low level sexual misconduct and not full sexual assault.

    I would actually think that the punishment for bullying and intimidation in the workplace would be more severe for this particular case.

  129. jesusfreak063 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:46 AM

    Dear God. This is why Im glad NASCAR is back.

  130. footballboozer says: Feb 23, 2016 9:47 AM

    Looks like the QB of the Broncos and Steelers are one in the same.

    *RAPIST*

  131. cinzano08 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:57 AM

    Good riddance Peyton.

  132. toybkshr says: Feb 23, 2016 10:02 AM

    No matter which side you choose to believe, Peyton has taken a huge negative hit as far as public perception goes.
    This on top of a questionable HGH situation.

    If he wasn’t planning on retiring, he should plan on it now. If he comes back, he will be hounded by the media over these and anything else that might get dug up.

  133. rahavort says: Feb 23, 2016 10:12 AM

    LOL. First comment on this article. “Enough” Are you kidding me? If this was Brady or any other QB he’d be crucified. I knew I hate Egghead Manning for a reason

  134. myohmeier says: Feb 23, 2016 10:14 AM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:42 PM
    Manning is generally aware that he ruined this woman’s life. What a schmuck. I hope some team hires Brett Favre back for a few games so he can reclaim his records.

    —-

    Hate to break it to you, bud, but Favre also sexually harassed someone. So has Roethlisberger, Jameis Winston, Manziel…(allegedly, of course, but also probably for real). And that’s just the qb position.

  135. leatherhelmets says: Feb 23, 2016 10:14 AM

    Is this the biggest fall from grace since Tiger Woods?

  136. rahavort says: Feb 23, 2016 10:15 AM

    jesusfreak063 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 9:46 AM
    Dear God. This is why Im glad NASCAR is back.
    _________________________________________

    Yeah go keep watching cars drive in circles for hours upon end while meaningful facts like this come to light

  137. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:22 AM

    Wow, these Brady fans are so jealous of Manning’s incredible accomplishments. Even they now have to admit that this is one awesome guy. Not only has he set a standard on the field that can never be matched, the only guy to achieve countless achievements, but if you believe this woman’s SECOND story, he once got naked in the locker room and put his junk on her face…and she DIDN’T report him to police! He is one powerful dude!

  138. slice60 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:22 AM

    Let’s all share the stupidest thing that we did as a college kid & then criticize each other for that one stupid action 20 years later.

    No matter what story is accurate, it is not rape. Very far from it.

    UT settled with Naughright for this & numerous other claims.

    The Manning family settled with Naughright for the things they wrote in their book.

    Peyton settled with Naughright again for something ESPN did.

    Did Peyton screw up? Absolutely. Did the Manning family makes things worse with their comments in the book. Absolutely.

    The Manning family cannot say anything about this without being sued again. It was 20 years ago. The guy has done so much good since then & deserves better than this 20-year-old story being brought up again.

    During his farewell tour, why aren’t we all talking about what Kobe did in Colorado? When Favre goes into the HOF, should we focus on what he sent on his cellphone?

    20 years ago & some of you idiots want him arrested today. Give me a break.

  139. GettingNoRespect says: Feb 23, 2016 10:25 AM

    marlinjackson82, because she is “far from a saint” and “vulgar”, she can’t be assaulted?

  140. boyso3 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:29 AM

    weekendatberniemadoffs
    Feb 23, 2016, 7:50 AM EST
    Whether you choose to believe it or not, fact is most of this started to resurface when Cam was being lambasted in the media for not diving on a football. There is a double standard, and whether I believe in it or not, some felt it was there duty to remind some folks of the despicable allegations made against Manning many moons ago.

    This is also for all the people out there blaming Naughtright for this being in the news now. This all came up because there is a lawsuit ongoing at the University of Tennessee, which Naughtright is NOT involved with, and that case was used as part of that. You would think if you were going to defend Peyton so blindly you would at least try to follow the story.

  141. joker65 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:42 AM

    sariff420 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:33 PM

    Why did she settle and not pursue prosecution?

    ____

    Why did Manning settle and not pursue vindication?

  142. sevenup3000 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:48 AM

    So wait, we are to be suspicious of the “victims” motives when it comes to Manning, and question the inconsistency of her story…but just last year we were to take everything Winston’s accuser said at face value despite her numerous consistencies?

  143. maestro1899 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:52 AM

    So it’s a he said/she said in terms of the actual act. Peyton said he only mooned his teammate and she was an unintended”victim” of seeing it. She said he basically sat on her head with his private regions. But before that, she said he only exposed his buttocks.

    So her story has change yet we are all going to take her word and assume Peyton is lying and that he acted with malice to hurt this young woman.

    It’s also interesting that HER lawyer called off the eye-witness’s deposition. Hmm, wonder why??

    But everyone just assumed Peyton’s lying and is a horrible person that sexually assaulted a trainer on his own staff. It must be the terrible way he has conducted himself in the past 20 years, right??

  144. pftony says: Feb 23, 2016 10:55 AM

    In his best Nationwide voice:

    “I should have kept my junk zipped up”.

  145. greggallmansliver says: Feb 23, 2016 11:02 AM

    bigdogsolec says:
    Feb 22, 2016 9:26 PM
    OK ,for starters something sounds funny here
    1] this happend in 1996
    2] NOW it’s a big deal
    3] why hasn’t she came foreward before ?
    4] why wait till Peyton is thinking about retirement to bring it up ?

    HMMMM sounds like a scam on her end to tarnish a sure fire hall of famer

    _____________________________________

    Pay attention. This is coming up because of a Shaun King article in the NY Times. He wrote it because he thought Cam Newton was getting screwed over because of all the attention paid to his in game and post game actions. King put that attention into context when compared to how Manning has been treated since this case and with the HGH story. Add the Brady deflated football crap as additional context and I think it paints a nice picture. This has nothing to do with the victim bringing anything up again. If anyone is guilty of that after the initial case, it was Manning and his father when published in his book.

  146. danjor21 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:12 AM

    investwax says:
    Feb 22, 2016 8:53 PM

    Why is all this even coming up now?

    ____________________________

    It’s a smear campaign. Why? Because regular people eat these kinds of stories up for some reason.

  147. dexterismyhero says: Feb 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    Pats fans are still butthurt………….

  148. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    Wow, these Brady fans are so jealous of Manning’s incredible accomplishments. Even they now have to admit that this is one awesome guy. Not only has he set a standard on the field that can never be matched, the only guy to achieve countless achievements, but if you believe this woman’s SECOND story, he once got naked in the locker room and put his junk on her face…and she DIDN’T report him to police! He is one powerful dude!
    __________________________________________

    Laughable comment. I would imagine (and hope) its more than just Brady fans who believe this woman was wronged time and time again by the Manning family.

    And why in the world would we be jealous of Manning? Brady fans know TB is the GOAT. Any day of the week and twice on Sunday we would choose Brady over Manning. Its not even debatable. So what exactly are we jealous of? Regular season records? No thanks, we’ll take the guy who holds all the POST season records and has brought 4 SB victories to New England. You can have your best regular season QB.

  149. granadafan says: Feb 23, 2016 11:26 AM

    It’s worth noting to all the “men’s rights activists” on this board blaming Naughright is that she has not spoken about this in years. She wanted it to just stop but Peyton and Archie were the ones who dragged the scandal back into the limelight in his book when the settlement terms clearly stated the sexual assault was never to be spoken publicly. She successfully sued him for violation of the settlement. She STILL hasn’t spoken but everyone else keeps bringing up the assault. Stop knee-jerk blaming the woman and go after the guy who assaulted her, the University of TENNESSEE for the cover up, and Archie Manning for the intimidation and ruining her career.

  150. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 11:29 AM

    So it’s a he said/she said in terms of the actual act. Peyton said he only mooned his teammate and she was an unintended”victim” of seeing it. She said he basically sat on her head with his private regions. But before that, she said he only exposed his buttocks.

    So her story has change yet we are all going to take her word and assume Peyton is lying and that he acted with malice to hurt this young woman.

    It’s also interesting that HER lawyer called off the eye-witness’s deposition. Hmm, wonder why??

    But everyone just assumed Peyton’s lying and is a horrible person that sexually assaulted a trainer on his own staff. It must be the terrible way he has conducted himself in the past 20 years, right??
    ________________________________________

    That’s true – when you deliberately hold out key information, the above starts to make sense. But its more than just a he said/she said. There is also a witness whose sworn affidavit lends itself more towards the trainer then to Manning. Plus the head athletic trainer has also admitted that he was the one who characterized the incident as a “mooning” and has since said he regrets using the term because it was more than that. But nice try!

  151. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 23, 2016 11:32 AM

    Much ado about nothing. It sounds like the girl experienced a typical locker room behaviour and decided to cash in. Time to move on.

  152. infectorman says: Feb 23, 2016 11:34 AM

    Peyton* better update his info on the Tennessee Sex offender registry.

    Cats outta the bag on the HGH, the more recent fiasco. Since Manning* was sprinkling HGH on his Cheerios, it only follows that other Donkey players were as well.
    Hell, Von Miller is a tried and convicted PED user, so the Donkeys SB Title* has a Rocky Mountain sized asterisk next to it.

    Deal with Donkey fans
    Broncos*

  153. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:39 AM

    Guess she blew all the money she got and is looking for another payday

  154. mmack66 says: Feb 23, 2016 11:46 AM

    What Manning did to that gal is rape in Sweden.

  155. marlinjackson82 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    Or maybe this? From John Adams, knoxnews.com

    The calls usually came at night during the past two years. And they came to various extensions in the News Sentinel newsroom.

    When the number with the Lakeland, Fla., area code flashed on a desk-top phone, reporters and editors alike went on alert. Eventually, everyone in sports stopped answering.

    No one had time for another phone tirade from Jamie Naughright.

    Naughright hasn’t been quoted directly amidst the recent outbreak of media reports and commentary. But before an old story made national news, she wasn’t shy about talking to anyone who answered a phone in our newsroom.

    John Battle, a sports copy editor and page designer, happened to receive her call one evening. He said she opened with a one-sentence synopsis of her sexual activity while at UT.

    After that, she used a derogatory sexual term to describe someone whom she referred to as “Golden Boy.” Based on what he had heard from colleagues who had spoken previously to Naughright, he assumed she meant Manning.

    When the sports department began ignoring her calls, Naughright moved on to news-side.

    Night editor Rusty Pabst said he probably has spoken to Naughright on the phone four times in the past year. The tone never changed.

    “She was angry,” he said. “Angry at Peyton Manning, angry at UT, angry at the city of Knoxville, angry at the News Sentinel.”

    She made accusations against Manning and accused UT and the News Sentinel of engaging in a cover-up, Pabst said.

    He would let her vent until she became profane.

    “That will end a phone call with me,” said Pabst, who is accustomed to receiving complaints.

    Sports editor Phil Kaplan began receiving calls from Naughright in October of 2014. He said she made accusations of academic fraud at UT and repeatedly referred to a box of documents that would back up her claims. Kaplan made arrangements for her to send the documents to the News Sentinel, agreeing to pay for the shipping cost.

    But she never followed through.

  156. bencoates57 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:00 PM

    He’s GROSS.

  157. bencoates57 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:02 PM

    Jackfan2 is clearly behind the news cycle.

  158. sariff420 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:12 PM

    Joker65…because its something well known people do all the time. A jury pool despite how objective the screening process is , is still a group of mostly irrational and emotional people. Its a crap shoot. A settlement is not admission of guilt.

  159. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:16 PM

    Blesseddun..

    You New England folks hate Manning because throughout his career he has been so darn Kennedyesque, while Tom Brady has been so dang Quailesque…admit it and stop the smear campaign.

  160. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 12:23 PM

    You New England folks hate Manning because throughout his career he has been so darn Kennedyesque, while Tom Brady has been so dang Quailesque…admit it and stop the smear campaign.
    ________________________________________

    This is a misconception. Most Pats fans I know, including me, do not hate Manning at all. For 15+ years we have enjoyed the rivalry and can absolutely give Manning credit for his accomplishments. However, he is not the GOAT. Its not trying to discredit Manning, its just the way we feel…..as well as most objective people feel.

  161. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:52 PM

    Blesseddun. ..
    Ok. Manning fans have enjoyed the rivalry too. You think Brady is the GOAT, we think Manning’s the GOAT. But this is an unethical assault on a guy’s report based on old, already covered info regarding an event that was settled between the parties involved long ago! As an older liberal Democrat (white) who actually marched in the street for civil rights when it was still dangerous and Hillary was a freaking Goldwatwr girl, I am offended by this character assassination. ENOUGH.

  162. Unchained81 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:19 PM

    leatherhelmets
    Feb 23, 2016, 10:14 AM EST
    Is this the biggest fall from grace since Tiger Woods?
    ———————–

    Hopefully.

  163. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 23, 2016 1:27 PM

    jackfan2 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 10:22 AM
    Wow, these Brady fans are so jealous of Manning’s incredible accomplishments.

    Even if you discount the post season, Manning’s “incredible accomplishments” over Brady’s are the difference between $1 and $1.01 and that’s not taking into account HGH. Head to head Brady wins every metric. In the 16 previous head-to-head battles, Brady is 11-5 against Manning, and the two have split four playoff meetings.

    Brady has 4,013 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in those matchups. Manning has 4,809 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

    If you include post season where Brady didn’t face Manning it’s not even close.

    You can have Peyton with your first pick, I’ll take Brady as second every day and twice on Sunday.

  164. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 23, 2016 1:31 PM

    jackfan2 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 12:52 PM
    Blesseddun. ..
    Ok. Manning fans have enjoyed the rivalry too. You think Brady is the GOAT, we think Manning’s the GOAT. But this is an unethical assault on a guy’s report based on old, already covered info regarding an event that was settled between the parties involved long ago! As an older liberal Democrat (white) who actually marched in the street for civil rights when it was still dangerous and Hillary was a freaking Goldwatwr girl, I am offended by this character assassination. ENOUGH.

    Your character is your character, you can’t run from it because daddy cleaned up your mess or because it was a long time ago, whatever color you happen to be. I think the world could have survived without the Bible according to Manning. That’s what happens when egos run wild. Absent that book, we never hear about this today.

  165. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:38 PM

    More

    You can’t seriously hope to win this argument based on their respective stats. Brady is not in Manning’s league based on statistics and you should know it. Who cares about head to head, which manning still wins, btw? I mentioned the championship games only because for years Brady fans have promoted this false narrative that Manning fails in the big games. Well, head to head in their biggest games against one another, he has dominated. So, failed argument, on its face. And that’s the only leg you had to stand outnwhen arguing Brady is even close to Manning’s when it comes to QB skill.

  166. ztigr says: Feb 23, 2016 1:49 PM

    Bye bye mister Clean, hello Mr. Down and dirty.

  167. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 2:25 PM

    jackfan – you keep saying Pats fans can’t win on their respective stats…….but Brady owns ALL relevant post-season stats. Most yards, completions, TDs, wins, tied for SBs, SB MVPs, etc. etc. etc.

    Earlier I said Manning is the greatest regular season QB of all time. He does not have the post season records to be the GOAT. That is a fact-based argument.

    Brady playoff: 22-9, 56 TDs, 28 INT, 8000 yards
    Manning playoff: 14-13, 40 TDs, 25 INTs, 7300 yds

    You are also forgetting that Brady has played in 4 less seasons than Manning, so will continue to narrow the gap (if not pass) Manning on those other accomplishments as he continues to play.

    You can have the regular season stat leader who is hit or miss in the playoffs. I’ll take the post season stat leader who also shines in the regular season any day of the week.

  168. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    Brady hasn’t played 4 fewer seasons. Try 2 fewer seasons. And Manning was the FASTEST to these records, with the FEWEST attempts. Brady can play till he’said 50 and can’t match Manning’s records. Plus, talk to me when he’s been consistently great, like PM, not sporadically great like TB. And when he’s done it for a team that didn’t win 11 games the year he was out. PM’so team won 2 or 3. And he had taken it to the playoffs the year before. That’s what Brady fans always forget. He started on 3rd, thinks he hit a homerun.

  169. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 3:18 PM

    For you to argue that Brady has not been consistently great is incredible. You really have a hatred towards Brady, and my guess is because you can’t admit that someone might actually be better than Manning. I will continue to go to my playoff stats argument and you will somehow try and discredit what Brady has done by saying he had a good defense or some nonsense like that.

    Its not wise to use the 2 or 3 game win argument for the Colts as everyone knows they deliberately threw games to draft Andrew Luck. However, when Brady went down, the same team that went 16-0 the year before lost 5 games and missed the playoffs. I would say that’s a pretty big drop off. That’s what Manning fans always forget.

  170. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:33 PM

    True, nobody is better than Manning. I don’t hate Brady and I think Belicheck is a football savant. But I also believe that 100 years from now, Manning will be to football as Ruth and Mays are to baseball. Brady will be to football as some really great shortstop whose name I just can’t remember is to baseball. PM is the GOAT and probably always will be.

  171. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 23, 2016 4:14 PM

    Gee, let’s see. Manning has never worked for anything. Everything he has, has been handed to him. (including SB 50) That explains his selfish behavior. We all know Brady is a class act and worked hard for all his amazing accomplishments. Let that be a lesson to all. You’re welcome.

  172. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 23, 2016 4:39 PM

    jackfan2 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 3:33 PM
    True, nobody is better than Manning. I don’t hate Brady and I think Belicheck is a football savant. But I also believe that 100 years from now, Manning will be to football as Ruth and Mays are to baseball. Brady will be to football as some really great shortstop whose name I just can’t remember is to baseball. PM is the GOAT and probably always will be.

    There are 7 QB’s who have won as many SB’s as PM, Aikman has one one than PM, there are 2 who have won as many as TB.

    If anyone get’s lost in the weeds it’s PM. Unless you’re one of those that think regular season stats trump championships.

    So sure, if it’s passing yards & TD’s that float your boat then PM is your guy. But then again, Pats have 12 Division titles, 6 AFC titles and 4 SB wins under Brady.

  173. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 5:20 PM

    True, nobody is better than Manning. I don’t hate Brady and I think Belicheck is a football savant. But I also believe that 100 years from now, Manning will be to football as Ruth and Mays are to baseball. Brady will be to football as some really great shortstop whose name I just can’t remember is to baseball. PM is the GOAT and probably always will be.
    _________________________________________

    Again, this is irrational. The Brady/Manning rivalry is probably the best in football history and will likely stay that way for awhile. They are synonymous with one another. Claiming Manning will be remembered and Brady won’t is laughable. This is where I lose you. Its OK for you to think Manning the the GOAT. Its not true, but its your right to think that. But to claim Brady will be some forgotten QB in history shows more of a hatred then objective reasoning. As you claim no one will break Manning regular season records, it is more likely that no one will break Brady’s playoffs records. So he will always and forever be remembered – and when the dust settles, he will be remembered as the GOAT (although again, most objective football fans already know this argument has been over for years).

  174. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:23 PM

    It’s pure skill that floats my boat. Watched them both for 20 years, including Brady here at Michigan. He just can’t put a team on his back like Peyton always could. Sorry, team stats mean nothing. Think of it this way, if you have a pitcher who hurles 7 no hitters in his career but never gets to the world series, he is still better than a good pitcher who rides a great team to 4 championships. This is why I actually believe Brady is below Dan Marino and a few other guys too.

  175. joker65 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:27 PM

    . A settlement is not admission of guilt.

    ———
    Nor is it evidence that she made the whole story up, which is what the original poster was insinuating.

  176. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 23, 2016 5:57 PM

    I put Peyton below Eli, Dilfer and Tebow. And Leaf

  177. blessedunliketherest says: Feb 23, 2016 6:13 PM

    It’s pure skill that floats my boat. Watched them both for 20 years, including Brady here at Michigan. He just can’t put a team on his back like Peyton always could. Sorry, team stats mean nothing. Think of it this way, if you have a pitcher who hurles 7 no hitters in his career but never gets to the world series, he is still better than a good pitcher who rides a great team to 4 championships. This is why I actually believe Brady is below Dan Marino and a few other guys too.
    __________________________________________

    hahaha rides a team to 4 championships? Now you have gone beyond irrational to clueless. TB is a 3-time SB MVP. So what, he just strolled along for those seasons and decided to step up in the biggest game? How about him single handily lighting up the Seattle defense in the fourth quarter of SB 49? That’s not putting a team on your back?

    Your analogy is bunk too, b/c my “good pitcher” also holds all the playoff statistical records you hold so dear. While your 7 no hitter has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns on the biggest stage. Once again, Brady is the gold standard. Not the guy who is great until January.

  178. RE LEE says: Feb 23, 2016 6:33 PM

    Peyton breaking records… right after he had injuries too… Was that HGH- fueled records?
    Peyton VS Brady… Brady is the GOAT although in his humility he refuses to acknowledge it.

  179. infectorman says: Feb 23, 2016 7:02 PM

    This is flippin laughable, these last few posts.

    To assert Manning* is a better QB than Brady because of his stats is blind to a fault and shows a lack of basic competitive sports understanding

    The idea of sports is to WIN THE GAME.
    Stats are for losers.
    Anyway, everything manning has done since joining Denver is now covered in asterisks. In 2013, we were all dumbfounded at how a late 30s QB, albeit a great one, could come back from 4 neck surgeries and break all-time passing records.
    now we know; HGH.

    Also, playing indoors, in the AFC South a perennially awful division with studs like Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Edgarinn James, Dallas Clark, even Pierre Garcon near the end rounding out your lineup, all have had an ENORMOUS IMPACT on his gaudy stats.
    Put Brady ins that situation and his stats are even better than Mannings* with far less picks.

    Stats, schmatts. The baseball example is awful as well. Peyton never carried a team, the entire team carried the team. They had a stacked team the entire 2000’s decade.

    Brady had maybe 3 total years with roughly equal talent.

    quite while you’re ahead. That’s right, you never were

  180. cubb1 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:15 PM

    He was concussed and lost his balance.

  181. salutethis says: Feb 23, 2016 9:05 PM

    Pats fans are pathetic. Have it out for manning for being a moron. I’ll take mannings mooning over Brady ditching his pregnant girl friend or your hero Hernandez any day!!! Or maybe if manning paid off the woman is proof of guilt then Kraft proved his team cheated!! Either way your diety sucks this year. Enjoy your second round pick! SB50 CHAMPS!!! LOLOLOL!!!!

  182. jackfan2 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:42 PM

    Brady has been surrounded by better teams his entire career, as every objective analyst has noted. Put Manning on Brady’s teams and the PATS would have 6 or more rings. His playoff stats are inflated (unlike his balls) because his great teams got him there more often. Brady will never catch Manning and if you truly want some insight on who is “clutch,” in the biggest moments, try consulting the numerous objective stats sites that monitor these things. Rally, it isn’t even close.

  183. shanaldo says: Feb 23, 2016 9:43 PM

    Peyton Manning is not James Winston. I feel that what Peyton did was in very poor taste – but not a crime. What Jameis Winston did…well…that WAS rape, and the University and James Winston should be held accountable. By the way, James Winston also thinks that Publix gives him free seafood whenever he wants it, and has been busted a few times for walking out without paying. Rookie of the Year? Hell NO.

  184. marlinjackson82 says: Feb 24, 2016 3:48 AM

    How about a NEW development. Read Brandon Spano latest article “The mind-blowing truth about Peyton Manning’s accuser”.

    “Jamie Naughright appears to be obsessed with sex and sexuality. The list of people that she has attacked with sexual claims is astounding.”

    “Tom Stokes, owner and founder of Sports Plus, told FOX Sports’ Clay Travis that he has a phone recording of Naughright saying that she leaked the documents to Shaun King because she’s broke and needs the money. Travis stated that he has confirmed that Naughright’s home is currently in foreclosure.”

    “The mouth on this woman is phenomenal. She is bipolar or schizophrenic. This woman has mental issues that only a psychologist can resolve.”

  185. jake6879 says: Feb 26, 2016 2:42 PM

    How are we at a point when this is considered sexual assault? Is it shameful? yes. Is it gross? yes. Should he have gotten punished for being a d-bag? yes. But to call this sexual assault muddies the waters and if anything takes away from the legitimacy of actual sexual assault claims.. I’m more interested in the claims she made in regards to covering up rape allegations. That’s something Outside the Lines should be working on..

  186. mathprof84 says: Feb 26, 2016 11:06 PM

    It is sexual assault if accurate. In what world is placing you genitals on someone’s face uninvited not sexual assault?

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