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Peyton Manning's past is back to haunt him

The Broncos quarterback had probably imagined a spring victory lap for his career. Instead, the world is focused on the details of an ugly incident from his college playing days.

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Peyton Manning's still dominating the headlines, but it has nothing to do with his second Super Bowl win. On Saturday, Shaun King of the New York Daily News published a 74-page document from a 2002 defamation suit by Dr. Jamie Naughright stemming from a 1996 incident at Tennessee when Manning allegedly rubbed his rectum and scrotum on Naughright's face during an examination.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated has produced separate documents from the case, from Manning's side, that present a slightly different picture of the 1996 incident, specifically that no contact occurred. What remains to be seen is which shoe drops next.

On Twitter, King suggested that the sealed documents involving another incident with Manning and Naughright from 1994, an incident King characterized as "deep & ugly," could be released. There's also the question of whether or not Naughright will revisit the incident by coming forward to talk directly to the media, something multiple outlets are doubtlessly trying to convince her to do right now.

It's a complicated case, and the nature of it makes it unlikely that Manning will find himself embroiled in new legal action over it. However, it is the kind of thing that could stick around the news cycle awhile, which is something Manning would probably like to avoid.

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