A Tarnished Image

Peyton Manning’s involvement in a sexual assault lawsuit has truly altered his squeaky-clean image.

by Musa Tahir

Just two days after his second super bowl victory, Peyton Manning’s involvement in a sexual assault case was disclosed to the public eye.

As CNN writes, “Peyton Manning is among the athletes cited in a lawsuit filed by a group of women alleging that the University of Tennessee has violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.”

The group of women claimed Peyton put his genitals on the head of a female athletic trainer during an inspection for injury in 1996. On the other hand, Peyton said that he was merely “mooning” a teammate. However, Malcolm Staxon, the player Manning said that he “mooned”, debunked his statement.

Peyton even proceeded in later years to mention her in a book he wrote with his father breaking a confidentiality agreement with his accuser. WGN writes, “A few years later Manning and his father Archie wrote a book, “Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy,” in which Naughright was described as “vulgar.” Naughright sued for defamation saying the depiction of her cost her job opportunities. The defamation suit was settled in 2003.”

Many famous figures like Peyton Manning are role models, and cases like this one heavily affect their reputation. It is especially important for people like Peyton to stick to the high moral expectations that are expected of them because not doing so would negatively impact many of their fans.

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