Details have come to light revealing Peyton Manning as the center of a sexual assault scandal during his time at the University of Tennessee in 1996.
According to several reports, Manning placed his buttocks and testicles on the face of Dr. Jamie Naughright, his college trainer. It led to a smear campaign at the hands of Manning and his father, Archie Manning, that resulted in Naughright losing her job. Her good reputation was also
In 2003, USA Today obtained court documents detailing the incident, leading to an op-ed publicizing the scandal. The story essentially died immediately, going unnoticed in a world before social media and viral news. USA Today never released the documents.
When details of the alleged assault emerged in the November 2003 USA Today op-ed, Naughright received a letter from the Manning family that revealed they'd written a book in which they accused her of having a "foul mouth" and calling students "motherf---ers." The book stated that Manning was mooning a teammate and called the entire incident "harmless." Archie also accused Naughright of "sleeping with black students."
The court documents were part of a defamation lawsuit that was eventually settled by the Manning family, though Naughright would end up losing her job twice after details of the incident emerged.
Naughright was also asked by the University to blame the incident on another student, according to MailOnline.
"They asked me to go with the story that it was - the reason why I left was because of another athlete who was African American exposed himself and said something wrong," she said.
"They wanted to have me say that was the reason and not the reason of what Mr. Manning did when he assaulted me."
Manning, who won the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7, is weighing his options for the future, with many believing he is set to retire.
"Whatever the decision is, I have real peace about it. I'm going to enjoy this Super Bowl victory and celebrate with my family and friends," he said according to the Bleacher Report.
"I'll keep doing it for a few more weeks, and then at the appropriate time, I think I'll make a decision. I have to tell you, though, I'm very much at peace with it."