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Tuesday’s roundup: Manning focus surprises attorney

Associated Press
Peyton Manning

Knoxville, Tenn. — The attorney for six women suing the University of Tennessee on its handling of sexual assault complaints by student-athletes is focused on the school’s systemic problems he believes exist and is surprised at the attention the complaint’s brief mention of Peyton Manning generated.

“It’s certainly unanticipated,” attorney David Randolph Smith said Tuesday.

Smith said he included events from the last two decades — one involved Manning in 1996 — to show how Tennessee has handled reports of misconduct.

“We included one small paragraph about the Manning situation in the complaint, just as part of the overall background and history,” Smith said. “… Peyton Manning is not a party to our lawsuit. All these reports that say he’s in the lawsuit, well he’s referenced, but it’s part of the historical” background.

The lawsuit that was filed last week in federal court in Nashville, Tenn., states Tennessee officials have violated Title IX regulations and created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

One paragraph in the 64-page document refers to a sexual harassment complaint made by a Tennessee trainer in 1996 involving an incident that occurred in a training room while she was treating Manning, the quarterback for the Volunteers from 1994-97 and who just helped the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

Manning’s father, Archie, declined comment via text.

Hall of Fame game

The Colts will play the Packers in a fitting matchup for the Hall of Fame game Aug. 7.

A day before the NFL officially kicks off the exhibition season, the Hall of Fame will induct Packers quarterback Brett Favre, former Colts coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison.

Other members of the Class of 2016 are former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.

The Packers and Colts are appearing in the game, played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, the fifth time.

Goodell’s big bucks

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned just over $34 million for 2014, according to the league’s tax filing.

That total is actually down a bit from 2013 ($35 million) and 2012, when Goodell collected $44.2 million, including $9 million in bonuses and deferred pension.

The payments for 2014 included a $26.5 million bonus negotiated the previous year.

The league office is no longer classified as a tax-exempt organization.

Extra points

Former NFL star Darren Sharper has a new plea hearing Thursday, a further indication his plea agreement in a drug and sexual assault case is off, federal court documents show.

This month, court records showed Sharper had renewed plea negotiations with federal prosecutors and was preparing a trial defense.

Sharper had pleaded guilty as part of a deal involving charges in four states, but a federal judge deferred acceptance of the deal last year.

He also has pleaded guilty or no contest to similar charges in state courts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana.

... Former Browns player Reggie Rucker, who had roles with two inner-city Cleveland organizations has been charged in federal court with stealing more than $100,000 from them to pay gambling debts and personal expenses.

Rucker, 68, from Warrensville Heights, is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements.

... Steve Spagnuolo will return as defensive coordinator for the Giants.

... The Bears released offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod.

... Former offensive lineman Cosey Coleman was arrested after authorities say he struck another man and tried to point a gun at him.

Tampa police say officers arrested Coleman, 37, at his home Monday morning.

Jail records show Coleman was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

He was later released on $15,000 bail.