This piece could have been called, “Peyton Manning Detractors Unite”
The reason for the above comment about family is that I have spent decades as a middle school and grade school Instructor working with broken families, families ravaged by violence, families torn in illness… and there is nothing in anyone’s bible or code book that says anyone’s family is better than another. Certainly not Peyton Manning’s. Not to me. Not when I’ve seen the incredible transformations, individual healing and familial overcoming from those that I’m sure Mr. Manning would call, “Less fortunate.”
Now, there is not just ex-Tennessee female trainer Dr. Jamie Naughright who has claimed sexual misconduct but a group of six unnamed women have now brought a lawsuit against Peyton Manning for creating a hostile sexual environment. From the 2003 suit by Naughright, what hasn’t been widely reported is that when she transferred from the Lady Vols training facilities to the men’s, Assistant Athletic Trainer Mike Rollo nicknamed her “Cunt Bumper” because, as he said to her, “That’s all those Lady Vols did over there.”
Though asking him to refrain from the nickname at all, he finally shortened is to “Bumper,” no less a form of sexual abuse and no less of an insult. While there’s much more to the story it was Rollo who set up an atmosphere that allowed the s0-called sexual misconduct involving Manning and others to come full frontal. I say “so called” because it must be understood that this qualifies as sexual abuse, and in any case it is an act of violence… perceived or unperceived.
That sickens me more.
When I hear about Peyton Manning’s, “Dedication to the game,” people don’t know we’re talking about a control freak or addictive personality. It’s the same with Tom Brady. In Tom Brady’s case, I’ve never seen a QB show as much public shaming and on-field disdain for a mistake his team mates have made than him. Manning does the same thing.
So, tell me, what’s so glorious about that?
If I may interject: I have never been more proud to be a Kansas City Chiefs fan than I am right now. Clark Hunt has brought in the right kind of people in Andy Reid and John Dorsey and they have done the same. I don’t recall ever seeing Alex Smith get on a teammate for a mistake with an angry look on his face. It’s not in his DNA… and I think Andy Reid knew that about him before bringing him to K.C..