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Ever since the 20-year-old sexual misconduct allegations against Peyton Manning were brought back into the light, Manning’s defenders have pointed out that the story of his accuser, Dr. Jamie Naughright, was inconsistent.
In 1996, they point out, Naughright signed a document that read, “he pulled his pants down and exposed himself to me, as I was bent over examining his foot, after asking me personal questions.” However, in her 2002 libel and defamation lawsuit against Manning, filed after he spoke about the incident in his book, Naughright called the incident a sexual assault and said that Manning’s butt and genitals touched her face.
However, a new document has come to light that suggests Naughtright was not as inconsistent as it may seem.
Three hours after the February 1996 incident, Naughtright called the Knoxville sexual assault crisis center hotline. ESPN’s Outside the Lines went through the thousands of pages of court documents that were part of the 2002 defamation case and found the original report filed by the person who took Naughright’s call that night. In two separate places the document classifies the incident as “sexual assault.”
Take a look:
On the back of the form were hand-written notes about the call:
Unfortunately, as you can see, Naughtright did not give specific details about the incident. Thus, the report cannot officially corroborate the story she told in 2002. However, whatever happened, it’s clear is that Naughtright did consider it an “assault.”
Of course, this still won’t placate those who don’t want to believe that Peyton Manning would have done something like this. They’ll insist that the only document that matters is the one Naughtright signed six months later that simply said Manning “exposed himself” to her.
Unfortunately, when you combine the contents of this document with the testimony of Naughtright’s boss, Mike Rollo, as well as statements from Malcolm Saxon, who witnessed the incident, it is pretty clear that this was more than playful mooning.
Rollo said in his deposition for the 2002 defamation case that Naughtright normally just rolled with the hyper-masculine horseplay, and that on at least two other occasions she had witness athletes mooning each other and not expressed any offense. “That’s what struck me as so bizarre about this whole situation,” he explained. “That she was distraught, she was upset, and it seemed unusual.”
As for Saxon, he was the athlete Manning claimed he was mooning. And while he was never deposed for the 2002 case, he did submit an affidavit disputing Manning’s claim and saying that both he and Naughright were “shocked” by the incident. He also wrote a personal letter to Manning saying he “messed up,” that what he did was “inappropriate,” and that “coming clean” would be the right thing to do.
“You have shown no mercy or grace to this lady who was on her knees seeing if you had a stress fracture,” Saxon said in the letter. “You might as well maintain some dignity and admit to what happened. Your celebrity doesn’t mean that you can treat folks this way.”
But hey, no, Peyton didn’t do anything, right?
Hat Tip – [ESPN]