At the time, Manning was the 19-year-old star quarterback for the Volunteers.
Naughright was 27 years-old and examining Manning for a possible foot injury.
The 1996 incident was not the only one between Manning and Naughright.
In 1994, Naughright says an incident occurred that “explains the genesis of Peyton Manning’s dislike” of her.
In fact, she claims one university official asked her to blame whatever transpired on an African-American athlete and she refused.
Naughright also asserts that Manning would thereafter harass and mock her around campus and in front of her coworkers and Manning’s teammates.
Moreover, testimony by Peyton Manning and Archie Manning revealed that the son told his father that Naughright “was unattractive but had big breasts” and that she liked to hang out “with a bunch of black guys.” Who’s telling the truth?
Why is a 1996 controversy, which was also the subject of a article by Jason Mc Intyre in 2014 and several other news stories, surfacing in ’16?
The celebrities do so because the very filing of a lawsuit —and its accompanying media coverage—poses reputational risk.
While star college athletes have been known to receive favorable treatment by law enforcement, that alone does not prove Manning’s guilt.
Moreover, relevant statutes of limitation under Tennessee Law have long since expired, so law enforcement will not be launching an investigation.
For its part, the NFL will not investigate a story that it was likely aware of and the key facts of which took place prior to Manning starting his NFL career in 1998.
Also, Manning settling the defamation lawsuit should not be equated with an admission of guilt.