During his retirement press conference on Monday, Peyton Manning denied allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from his college playing days at Tennessee.
“I did not do what has been alleged and I am not interested in re-litigating something that happened when I was 19,” Manning said.
After the Super Bowl, allegations of the incident, which took place when Manning was 19, re-emerged. In a lawsuit, Manning was alleged to have “forcefully maneuvered” his naked genitals directly onto the face of a female athletic trainer. He denied the claims of assault, saying he had “mooned” a teammate during the incident and never made contact with the trainer.
Peyton’s father, Archie Manning, included discussion of the controversy in his book Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy, which raised a defamation lawsuit.
– Kenny Ducey