Former Tennessee player comes forward, helps Peyton Manning's case
A former Tennessee player apparently was in the room when the incident between Peyton Manning and Jamie Naughright took place on Feb. 29, 1996.
Vols linebacker Greg Johnson, once a roommate of Manning’s, told The Monday Morning Quarterback on Wednesday that he didn’t see Manning place his buttocks, rectum, testicles and “area in between testicles” on her face as Naughright has claimed.
Johnson said when he entered the room, Manning was leaning on a training table with one elbow as Naughright was examining his foot from behind.
“Saxon walks in, and Peyton was the kind of guy who had to be friendly with everyone; he wanted to include everyone, from his teammates to the cross country guy. He says hey to Saxon and pulls down the back of his shorts, and I saw one butt cheek, and then he pulled his pants up. And Jamie said something like, ‘Aw, you’re an ass.’ Then I left. Thought nothing of it.”
Johnson said contact didn’t occur while he was present in the room. Manning has denied those accusations from the former Tennessee trainer as well.
“It just didn’t happen,” Johnson said. “Later someone in the administration asked me what happened. They asked if Peyton mooned somebody. They said you can’t do that with a female trainer present. Next thing I know, Peyton is banned from the chow hall. He took his punishment; as 20-year-olds we understood that you can’t do that.”