Tennessee Trying To Get Peyton Manning Dropped From The Lawsuit Is The Dumbest Thing They Can Possibly Do
Yardbarker- Lawyers for the University of Tennessee filed a motion on Tuesday night asking for references to the Peyton Manning sexual assault accusation to be removed from a lawsuit accusing the school of creating a hostile sexual environment.
In the motion, the lawyers called the Manning reference “immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous,” per the Knoxville News Sentinel. They also say the mention of the Manning case is an attempt to generate publicity.
Six women, five of whom say they were victims of rape, filed a lawsuit against the school saying they created a hostile and discriminatory environment against victims. The Manning case was listed as one of many examples of the school’s continuing problems.
The lawyers for Tennessee say raising allegations that occurred nearly 20 years ago is "irrelevant" and an invasion of privacy to Manning and former Tennessee athletic trainer Jamie Naughright, who accused Manning of sticking his rear and genitals in her face in Feb. 1996. The matter was settled between the two parties and Naughright left her job at Tennessee.
You know what I just learned? That this lawsuit is actually about more than Peyton Manning treating his trainer's face like a bidet. It's about FIVE different RAPE victims. Literally a hand full of very serious instances of sexual assault that aren't getting the attention they deserve because everyone is so worried about dragging Peyton's name through the dirt (for dragging his balls across an innocent woman's chin) as his career comes to a close. Don't get me wrong, I am not supporting Peyton Manning. He deserves to be criticized for literally brown nosing an unsuspecting woman. I do think it's a little bit ridiculous that this criticism is taking place two decades after the fact. Especially when this story has been public for quite some time. Still, I understand why everyone feels the need to voice their opinion about it now that it has become this widespread. However, those very same people -myself included- are missing the point entirely. Apparently the University to Tennessee has been complicit in sweeping multiple rape charges under the rug, and we are sitting her worrying about a 20 year old tea bag.
As fucked up as this sounds, Tennessee should be happy as a pig in shit that we are talking about Peyton Manning, because the alternative is far more detrimental to their university. I understand that they want to exonerate their most accomplished alumni, but the sooner we stop talking about Peyton Manning the sooner we start talking about the actual allegations that make this lawsuit so damning. They have been so skilled in the art of distraction to this point, and they are about to throw themselves at the mercy of the court of public opinion because the Peyton Manning story is irrelevant? Seems pretty silly considering that irrelevance is casting a shadow on the real matter at hand. If this request gets granted and Peyton Manning gets absolved of all charges then this story goes back in the news, and the only thing left to talk about will be what remains. An allegation that the University of Tennessee harvests an unsafe working environment for females.