Cam Newton hasn’t been exactly squeaky clean during his playing days.
From stealing a laptop at Florida to allegedly taking a large sum of money to land at Auburn, Newton has been a focal point of criticism. Even now, his elaborate dances draw the ire of fans clamoring for him to calm it down.
But it wasn’t long ago that Peyton Manning — in the non-social media era (1996) — had his own allegations that are much worse than anything Newton’s been accused of doing.
Per The Big Lead, Manning noted in his book, Manning: A Father, His Sons, a Football Legacy, that he mooned a fellow athlete and that a female trainer might have seen. If she had seen, he continued it might have been something she’d laugh at, adding that she had a vulgar mouth. The athlete reportedly responded by telling Manning to “do the right thing here,” according to TBL.
A different story was told by the trainer, per USA Today:
…she was examining Manning to see why Manning was having pain in one of his feet and was crouched behind him when “entirely unprovoked, Peyton Manning decided to pull down his shorts and sit on Dr. Naughright’s head and face.”
As Naughright described it in a deposition entered into the court record: “It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles and the area in between the testicles. And all that was on my face when I pushed him up. … To get leverage, I took my head out to push him up and off.”
The trainer was fired after Manning’s book came out in 2002 thanks, according to TBL, to the vulgar label. Manning reportedly settled out of court a year later in 2003.
Big Lead is correct — Manning is lucky social media wasn’t around in 1996, and that it hadn’t reached the level it has in 2002.