By now, you’ve probably heard about Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s alleged sexual assault while attending the University of Tennessee. If you carved out the time to read the lengthy piece written by the New York Daily News’ Shaun King, then you also know the whole, horrible thing was allegedly covered up.
But according to University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann, it doesn’t really matter how outraged you are over it because, legally, Manning likely will never face any ramifications either in a courtroom or on the football field.
“We do know, however, that Manning was not charged with sexual battery or other crimes for the unknown 1994 incident or for the disputed ’96 incident,” McCann wrote Saturday for Sports Illustrated “Likewise, no records have surfaced indicating that he was ever investigated by law enforcement for either incident. While star college athletes have been known to receive favorable treatment by law enforcement, that alone does not prove Manning’s guilt. Moreover, relevant statutes of limitation under Tennessee Law have long since expired, so law enforcement will not be launching an investigation. For its part, the NFL will not investigate a story that it was likely aware of and the key facts of which took place prior to Manning starting his NFL career in 1998.”
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