I wrote a blog a couple of months ago regarding Peyton Manning being a “Stand Up Guy.” In light of the facts that have surfaced recently regarding Peyton Manning during his time at the University of Tennessee, where he sexually assaulted Dr. Jamie Naughright, I felt compelled to clarify my article.
My blog is referring to Peyton being an outstanding player, teammate and a leader in the locker room and on the field. It is not about is personal life because, I didn’t know anything about it. However, what this shows is that Peyton Manning is human and his personal life is crap just like a lot of other people and in typical fashion the media builds you up and tears you down, “a la La’el Collins” whose ex-girlfriend was murdered and the media immediately started alluding to the possibility that he was involved as it turns out he was not. However, that “rush to judgment” by the media and their lack of investigative skills caused this young man’s stock to plummet and he fell out of the draft. Interesting, right?
Back to Peyton, his father (i.e. Archie Manning) and the University of Tennessee. Let me start by saying, based on what I’ve read recently, the story was buried by the media when it happened initially. The question must be asked, why was it buried? There was a cover up by Archie Manning and the University of Tennessee. Also Peyton lied under oath, which children do when they get caught with theirs hands in the cookie jar. Peyton was 20 at the time and old enough to know better but like most superstar athletes, he believed he was above the law and would not suffer any repercussions from his bad behavior because “daddy” would fix it and for long time he had gotten away with it. Arrogance can be a persons’ undoing and that is what happened with Peyton and his father. In his book entitled “Manning” it is my understanding that he made very unflattering remarks about Dr. Naughright, which resulted in her filing a lawsuit against them because they violated the gag order. In the words of Malcolm X, “the chickens are coming home to roost.” What you do in the dark, eventually comes to the light.
The real stand up guy and the one who lost the most for standing firm on the truth by refusing to lie about the circumstances and accuse two black teammates of the sexual assault is Malcolm Saxon. He lost his eligibility because he refused to lie for the Manning’s and the University of Tennessee.
Do I still believe Peyton Manning is a stand up guy? When it comes to how he handled himself on the field, in the locker room, with coaches and with other players, yes he is still a stand up guy.
As far as, his personal behavior when he sexually assaulted Dr. Naughright and lied about it and has not taken responsibility for it even today, he is not a “stand up guy.” Behind the image of the “All-American Boy” that the media created, lies a liar and an abuser. The hypocrisy of the media, Peyton and Archie Manning and the University of Tennessee is just another example of why people should not allow the media to shape their opinions.