Manning strongly denies allegations from 20 years ago

AP

After a comprehensive and emotional speech at his retirement press conference, delivered while reading from prepared notes (which further highlights his perpetual commitment to preparation), Peyton Manning took questions from reporters attending the event.

Eventually, Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today asked Manning, with due deference and sensitivity, about the claim from former University of Tennessee trainer Jamie Naughright that he exposed himself to her, and made contact with her head and face with his buttocks and more, in the training room on February 29, 1996.

“Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about things that happened 20 years ago in your career and in your life,” Jones said. “What can you say now about those allegations and how this has maybe overtaken [his retirement]?”

“First off, this is a joyous day. Nothing can overtake this day,” Manning said. “I think it is sad that some people don’t understand the truth and the facts. And I did not do what has been alleged and I am not interested in re-litigating something that happened when I was 19 years old. Kinda like my dad used to say when I was in trouble, I can’t say it any plainer than that. So this is a joyous day, and a special day. Like Forrest Gump said, ‘That’s all I have to say about that.'” (The ESPN feed dropped just as Manning was issuing his denial; the NFL Network feed did not.)

Whether Manning said enough in that moment to violate the terms of the settlement agreement that concluded the defamation lawsuit filed against him by Jamie Naughright in 2002 remains to be seen. Whether Naughright chooses to accuse him of violating the agreement is a separate matter; she’s already done it once before, and she has a history of making multiple legal claims.

Regardless, Manning has made it clear that he denies doing what he was accused of doing by Naughright. It’s not the first time he has ever denied it, but it’s the first time he has denied it since the issue first arose more than three weeks ago.

59 responses to “Manning strongly denies allegations from 20 years ago

  1. She had to ask, it was her duty. Kudos to her for having the guts to do it at a less than opportune time.

  2. So the ESPN feed cut out as soon as the question was asked? Is that what I’m reading?

  3. If you want to know what REALLY happened, look at the victims claim in the original lawsuit.

    That Mr. Manning “exposed his buttocks”. That was it! No mention of “forcefully placing genitals on my face” until 6 years in a different lawsuit.

    That’s a pretty big detail to leave off your first lawsuit if it was true.

    I believe he mooned her, or the other guy and it was a stupid immature mistake a 19 year old made. Time to move on.

  4. Maybe his teammates should have also shouted “stop!” in unison whenever he was about to go “out of bounds” so to speak.

  5. John Torres the common narrative is it was for his wife. In mannings case im sure hgh was used. It helps major injuries heal faster amd should be used more. He of course is a pansie compared to favre but so is pretty much everybody. Favre already has major memory loss. Peyton will have major problems too

  6. She only made the assault claim after he was a super star and worth millions its funny because at 1st it was he exposed his but then when she claimed defamation it changed to he placed his genitals on her face BS

  7. I don’t remember Derek Jeter having to strongly deny allegations of tea bagging and HGH use.

    It’s starting to look like Peyton Manning might not be the perfect potato headed man we once thought him to be.

  8. Most people in the business world will tell you, it doesn’t take much to start a lawsuit, truth be damned.

    I don’t know what happened 20 years ago but I am quite sure that she is looking for a big pay day.

  9. flash1287 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:18 PM
    As a Patriots fan since 1991 there has never been another QB who put the fear of God in me like Manning

    Why bring Eli into this? Today should be all about his brother…

  10. We keep hearing about the confidentiality provisions of the settlement agreement, but what is the penalty for violating the confidentiality agreement? Is there a liquidated-damages clause (i.e., if a party violates the agreement, he/she must pay $XX to the other party)? Isn’t one of the main purposes of these agreements simply to give the parties a legal basis for saying “no comment” when asked about the case?

  11. “delivered while reading from prepared notes (which further highlights his perpetual commitment to preparation)”
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    REALLY? this is how we’re going to do it. I like Peyton, but come on – he didn’t invent note cards for crying out loud.

  12. LOL . Looks like in a couple of years Jaime is going to get a couple hundred thousand dollars. How did Manning’s legal team not prep him to say:

    “That matter was in the past. I’m not willing to comment on it at this time.”

    (repeat as many times as necessary..)

  13. He denies the allegation but also says Relitigating something that happened when I was 19 years old. Sounds more probable than not that he is admitting it.

  14. truthfactory, If all Manning did was expose himself, why did she report it immediately to campus authorities as a sexual assault? The transcript of that report recently emerged.

  15. I commend her for asking, and I’m a big Peyton fan. Her timeliness for asking is appropriate. It’s in the news. You live by the sword, you die by the sword.

  16. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:29 PM

    I don’t know what happened 20 years ago but I am quite sure that she is looking for a big pay day.
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    She’s not looking for anything, other than for Manning and his meddling dad to stop disparaging her.

    They are the bozos that keep bring it up.

  17. “delivered while reading from prepared notes (which further highlights his perpetual commitment to preparation)”
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    Wow, talk about preparing for all eventualities. How did he know she was going to bring up that question?

  18. i found it extremely classless to make light of such a serious situation with a forrest gump reference. wasn’t surprised with the media eating it up and laughing at it, though.

  19. Classless to ask a question like that during his retirement press conference. Unfortunately, I’m sure the liberal media will celebrate her for doing so.

  20. How difficult that must have been for Peyton to endure. I’m sure when he checked his bank account 10 minutes later, he was still thinking about that awful, mean-spirited person who asked that question.

  21. I’ll believe the mooning part. Sounds like something a 19yr old would do. Especially Manning. Yup he is human…..duh! It is funny tho how her story changed years later as Mannings income goes up.

  22. Whether Manning said enough in that moment to violate the terms of the settlement agreement that concluded the defamation lawsuit filed against him by Jamie Naughright in 2002 remains to be seen. Whether Naughright chooses to accuse him of violating the agreement is a separate matter; she’s already done it once before, and she has a history of making multiple legal claims.

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    Florio, didn’t you say in your Podcast that the second lawsuit was because Manning claimed on his book that the plaintiff was litigious (problematic). If that’s the case, I don’t understand why saying this would break the NDA (I am not a lawyer though, and I could be wrong).

  23. Lindsay H. Jones must have been watching the Jim Gray/Pete Rose interview to prepare herself for how to ask a question at the wrong time.

  24. I just finished reading the 74-page document, relative to Dr. Naughright, and Manning.

    It’s eye-opening.

  25. bubblehead2012 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 4:24 PM

    Paid the woman off twice. That’s really all I need to know.
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    That’s only because him and his meddling dad can’t shut up about it.

  26. “I am not interested in re-litigating something that happened when I was 19 years old.” – but I did write about it in my book 6yrs later, which broke previous litigation agreements in order trashed her reputation (along with many fresh trashing comments by my dad), and all of which my autographed copies are available here in the lobby…

  27. rex2020 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:43 PM
    I’ll believe the mooning part. Sounds like something a 19yr old would do. Especially Manning. Yup he is human…..duh! It is funny tho how her story changed years later as Mannings income goes up.
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    It’s possible as part of the settlement, she was instructed only to claim the exposing from Manning as part of the agreement. This only came back up again because Manning chose to comment on the incident along with his father which was a violation of the settlement. The case going on now is from other women who cited this case as part of their accusations. The woman did not bring it up from what I’ve read.

  28. “As a Patriots fan since 1991 there has never been another QB who put the fear of God in me like Manning”

    Dan Marino.

  29. She should have followed up with a question about his wife procuring, and his using the banned substance HGH.

  30. ktimmmtb says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:03 PM
    Oh, he strongly denies….? Well then, it’s settled.
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    He should have “strenuously objected”.

  31. bmacwillconn says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:23 PM

    Classless to ask a question like that during his retirement press conference. Unfortunately, I’m sure the liberal media will celebrate her for doing so.
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    Why is it the “liberal” media? You do realize that the 1% that controls everything, even the major methods of information dissemination in our country are right-leaning reactionary Republicans, don’t you?

  32. He’s been enabled his entire life, he can do whatever he wants, and pays no consequences. The self-deprecating, aw shucks country boy persona has won out. I’m glad that MLB is continuing an aggressive investigation into the Guyer Institute hgh deliveries, because no matter what goodell says, the NFL isn’t. I want the truth, not what manning is trying to sell me.

  33. bullcharger says:
    Mar 7, 2016 5:59 PM

    It was legally settled long ago. Let it go. If you want to pry and investigate the HGH situation, then go for it.
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    It’s been legally “settled” about 3 times now.

  34. flash1287 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:18 PM
    As a Patriots fan since 1991 there has never been another QB who put the fear of God in me like Manning

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    As as a Colts fan since 1984, I will say that I have never had more respect, hate, jealousy for any coach as Belichick. If the Colts could have found even an above average Coach, I think the games would have been even more magical over the years. Good luck next season (and with that STUPID deflategate stuff)!

  35. “She has a history of making multiple claims.” What is that supposed to imply? This is a woman who has sought no media attention whatsoever regarding this crime. What she has a history of is holding Manning responsible first for his initial assault and then for breaking the terms of a legal document – the confidentiality agreement he so badly wanted. You can bet that if she had ever broken the confidentiality agreement, he would have sued her. He may be a great football player, but he’s a sorry excuse for a role model.

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