Report: Alleged Peyton Manning sexual assault cited in Tennessee lawsuit
Peyton Manning’s sexual assault allegations are reportedly cited in a lawsuit against the University of Tennessee which alleges that the school fostered a “hostile sexual environment.”
According to Anita Wadhwani and Nate Rau of The Tennesseean, the suit cites nearly a dozen student athletes who were accused of sexual assault in the 1990s, with Manning’s 1996 incident being one of them. The allegation that Manning placed his naked genitals on the face of a female trainer during an examination is not a new one, with Shaun King of the New York Daily News shedding new light on the allegations in a column on Saturday.
Manning claimed he was simply mooning a teammate. He wrote about the allegations in his 2003 autobiography, claiming that the trainer in question was “vulgar mouthed,” thus leading to a lawsuit.
The newest lawsuit, filed by six women, argues that the university has created “a hostile discriminatory sexual environment for female students,” and has been particularly forgiving of high-profile male athletes accused of wrongdoing.
Manning has been heavily scrutinized recently, both as a result of these allegations returning to the public domain as well as the accusation that his wife received illegal shipments of HGH and his role in that. The quarterback has yet to announce his future plans, but there is a belief that he has played his last game.