By: Monte Perez
In the early 1990s, Canon had a commercial staring Andre Agassi, called “Image is Everything.” The basic concept was… protect your brand or image at all cost. This could also be the story or slogan of Peyton Manning. Those who don’t know Manning or the fans, look at him as “Mr. Middle Class America”. Watch a football game and he is on every commercial. It is a total façade. Manning is not “Middle Class” America, he is an elitist. According to reports he is worth over $200 million.
Those who do know Manning know him as a calculated, control freak who is always aware of his brand. Social media criticized Cam Newton for wearing MVP cleats before the Super Bowl. When the Broncos won, Manning kissed his corporate sponsor Papa Johns and mentioned more than once, that he is going to celebrate by drinking Budweiser. So fans were more outraged at Cam Newton for just walking out of press conference instead of Manning telling millions of kids he will get drunk to celebrate? (Manning owns a small stock in Budweiser)
Recently, Shaun King of the Daily News wrote an article titled, “ Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies.” This article chronicled an incident regarding Manning and female Dr. Jamie Naughright. King writes..
Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread and so ugly that it would’ve rocked the American sports world to its core. Yet USA Today never released those documents.
There are two quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. that apply to the USA Today here:
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. ”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
I won’t go over all the details, what I will do is break it down in its simplest form. According to reports, Dr.Naughright was examining Manning’s ankle and he proceeded to put his genitals on her face. There are many people on social media who chalk this up on Manning being immature and it is not a big deal. My response to that would be, what if Dr. Naughright was your mother, daughter, niece or wife, would you still think it is not a big deal?
Even if Peyton thought this incident was him being funny or an immature act, the Mannings wrote about Dr.Naughright in their book. She filed suit against Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the ghostwriter John Underwood, and the publisher Harper Collins.
The judge ruled:
“There is evidence of record, substantial enough to suggest that the defendants knew that the passages in question were false, or acted in reckless disregard of their falsity. There is evidence of record to suggest that there were obvious reasons to doubt the veracity of Peyton Manning’s account of the incident in question. The court further finds that there is sufficient evidence to permit the conclusion that the defendants entertained serious doubts as to the truth of the passages in this case.”
Writing about the Dr. in their book clearly violated the confidentiality agreement. Why would they be that stupid? it is simple... they wanted to strike first before this story came out and protect their image.
Charlie Strong, who is the head football coach at the University of Texas has a few rules with no exceptions for his players. No drugs. No stealing. No guns. Treat women with respect.
I don’t judge players for how the celebrate on the field and I don’t even judge players for what they do off the field. For example, Derek Jeter dated more super models than he had teammates but I never cared because he was single. These are the only rules I have for athletes.
Don’t physical assault men or women
Don’t get a DUI
If you have a substance abuse problem get help.
Don’t have a child out of wedlock.
Abuse of women should never be tolerated in society and in the workplace.
Don’t commit crimes.
These simple rules shouldn’t be hard to follow, they should be part of your character. What the Manning’s did here was continue to try and ruin this woman’s life and career because of Peyton’s antics. No one is above the Law. There will now be stories about Dr. Naughright and her credibility but the court documents don’t lie. The truth is Peyton was wrong and his EGO wouldn’t let him admit it. He is still carrying resentment towards this woman and has done everything to ruin her career. I implore everyone to read the documents. Do your own research… the truth is out there. Here is a quote for Peyton Manning… Never try to destroy someone’s life with a lie when they can destroy yours with the truth.
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