The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Peyton Manning Gets 25-To-Life For Mooning Incident
Originally posted 11/11/2003

Peyton Manning, seen here during his mooning days at Tennessee
INDIANAPOLIS - The sports world was shocked this week when all-around good guy Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts received a sentence of 25 years to life for the heinous crime of mooning a female University of Tennessee trainer in 1996.

The trainer, Jamie Ann Naughright, had brought a defamation suit against Manning and his father, former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, for a passage in their 2000 book "Manning: A Father, His Sons and a Football Legacy." Naughright, who in 1997 scored $300,000 dollars from the University of Tennessee from a settlement related to 33 instances of alleged sexual harassment in connection with her job in the athletic department, is not mentioned by name in the book.

Judge Harvey Kornstein justified his decision not only to award Manning's mooning victim the $15,000 she sought but to send a message to other high-profile athletes who may think that they can moon with impunity.

"I've heard of athletes," Judge Kornstein said, "who have fathered several illegitimate children, who have tried to mislead police in murder investigations, who have been arrested multiple times on drug charges, who have punched out teammates in fits of steroid rage and who have paid to have their pregnant girlfriends murdered. But crude yet harmless mooning? This is clearly beyond the pale. An example had to be made that society will no longer tolerate the running amok of lawless professional athletes."

Many legal experts found the sentence harsh, but others pointed out that Manning's actions since the incident betray his guilt and the severity of his actions. "Peyton clearly knows what he did is wrong, wrong, wrong," said attorney and O.J. Simpson apologist Leo Terrell. "He's been on the run ever since he mooned this poor woman, something from which she still hasn't recovered, by the way. He's been spotted all over the country trying to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. Just this year, he's been seen in Cleveland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and, just this weekend, in Miami. Would an innocent man try to hide from his past like this? I don't think so!"

Manning himself was unavailable for comment due to the stringent visitor restrictions in place at the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution.

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