Peyton's entire case was built on the idea that his alleged sexual assault was really just a harmless "mooning" aimed at a teammate.
A day after Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had been widely criticised for briefly and brusquely answering questions in a post-game news conference, King mentioned in a column last Monday that Manning was not excoriated by the news media after he failed to congratulate New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees at midfield - as is custom - after Manning's Indianapolis Colts lost Super Bowl XLIV to the Saints in 2010.
It's an understatement to say that the news soured the night for me. Actually, the real problem is that we look to sports stars to find role-model champions in the first place.
After claiming Manning was named in the official report and the Title IX lawsuit filed by multiple women against the University of Tennessee, this narrative by ESPN fails to give any further details or information on Manning specifically and instead goes into how universities all across the country (Tennessee, Baylor, etc) need to handle sexual assault allegations better.
Naughright reached a $300,000 settlement with the school in 1997 regarding her sexual-harassment complaints against the men's athletic department. Of course, the terms remained confidential.
Peyton Manning may not have sexually assaulted Dr. Naughright, and he may not have masterminded the subsequent attacks on Dr. Naughright's character. The dining room ban was subsequently reduced to two weeks as well.
It seems that Peyton Manning's past has come back to haunt him.
The case was largely forgotten until last weekend when the New York Daily News ran an article based on *one document from the case file.
The incident was not investigated by police, and Naughright's lawsuit against Manning was settled a year later with the agreement that she leave the university. That player, Malcom Saxon, later wrote a letter to Manning included in the document, saying Manning messed up and he didn't understand why Manning never admitted to it. He also encouraged Manning to help fix Naughright's reputation after Manning drug her name through the mud in his book. Active NFL players are prohibited from pitching alcohol, so it was widely interpreted that Manning is planning to retire.
Per the document, which was drafted by Naughright's lawyer, when Naughright was examining Manning's foot for a potential stress fracture, he allegedly "forcefully maneuvered his naked testicles and rectum directly on her head".
Neither Peyton Manning nor the University of Tennessee responded to ABC News' request for comment.
The entire timeline of events is complex and involves a detailed string of lawsuits and courtroom discussions following the alleged incident (SI.com has a detailed breakdown here).