Target: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Goal: Condemn athlete for defamation and alleged sexual misconduct.
Peyton Manning just won the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos, and has become one of the most successful and respected athletes in professional football. But newly unearthed court documents from 2003 claim that Manning’s lovable reputation is a facade, as they claim that he sexually assaulted Dr. Jamie Naughright and broke confidentiality agreements to shame her in a book that he wrote.
When Manning was at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Naughright was allegedly helping Manning with a foot injury when he moved to put his naked genitals on her forehead. Manning fiercely denied the claim. Instead of acting appropriately, the university asked Naughright to leave and even allegedly asked her to put the blame on a black player instead of Manning. Before she left, Manning allegedly re-enacted the assault on a player jokingly in front of her, and used obscenities directed towards her.
In 2003, Manning and his father Archie worked on a book that slandered Naughright and broke confidentiality agreements. Naughright sued for defamation. In the suit, Manning claimed Naughright had a “vulgar mouth” and recounted a time when she insulted his fellow players and forced him to take them away for a while, which was denied by Naughright and every player, all of whom testified against Manning. The case was settled in Naughright’s favor, but the book is still available and the case has been swept under the rug. Shame Manning for defamation and the alleged assault.
Dear Mr. Manning,
While we respect your intelligent athleticism on the field and your recent Super Bowl win, we demand that you finally acknowledge the skeletons in your closet. The alleged incident at the University of Tennessee with Dr. Jamie Naughright is vile and should be publicly addressed. The incident was bad enough, but then to break a confidentiality agreement and defame her in your book is damning.
Every player addressed in the court case, including the ones you mentioned in your claims of Dr. Naughright’s “vulgar mouth,” testified against you. It is apparent that you and your supporters concocted stories against Naughright and wrongfully slandered her in a book that is still available to the public. You have blamed the victim for your assault and duped the public into believing you.
With a triumphant season coming to a close and a long, successful and popular career, it is time to address this incident. You have space to clear the air, and to clear Naughright of any wrongdoing. Please consider doing the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
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