Tennessee wants Peyton Manning reference removed from Title IX lawsuit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee has filed a motion to strike a reference to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from a lawsuit that alleges the school has violated Title IX policies in its handling of sexual assault complaints against athletes.

Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning looks to throw a pass against Florida during a game on Sept. 16, 1995.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 9 by six unidentified women focuses on five cases from 2013 to 2015, but also references incidents dating back to 1995 to show how the school has historically handled reports of player misconduct. One paragraph in the 64-page document mentions a sexual harassment complaint made by a Tennessee trainer in 1996 including an incident involving Manning, then the Volunteers quarterback.

The motion filed Tuesday says the Manning reference should be struck “because of the utter lack of relevance” it has to the lawsuit.

Tennessee sexual assault lawsuit cites Peyton Manning.

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