Greg Johnson, a former football player at the University of Tennessee who recently spoke about witnessing an incident between Peyton Manning and Jamie Naughright 20 years ago, has had his description refuted by court documents and a former Volunteers teammate.
Per T.J. Quinn of ESPN's Outside the Lines, Johnson's "presence is not corroborated in hundreds of court documents" reviewed by OTL.
Additionally, Kevin Horne, whose name Quinn notes does appear in "several court documents," told Outside the Lines that he "never saw" Johnson when the incident involving Manning and Naughright occurred.
Naughright accused Manning of sexually assaulting her in February 1996 when he started by “asking [her] several personal questions" and "pulled his pants down and exposed himself" while she was examining his foot, per an excerpt from the university's investigative report (h/t TheSmokingGun.com).
In an article published March 2, Johnson told Robert Klemko of The MMQB that he was in the training room on the day the alleged assault is said to have happened:
[Former Tennessee cross country athlete Malcolm] 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.
Regarding the dispute about his presence in the locker room, Johnson admitted to Quinn he knows there will be doubt around his account due to the lack of evidence: "And I'm not saying that what they remember is wrong or anything, I'm just telling you what I remember."
Quinn also noted that neither Manning nor Naughright testified during the court case for this alleged incident that Johnson was in the locker room at the time.
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