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NY Daily News reveals court documents alleging Peyton Manning ‘smear campaign’ in sex assault case 02.13.16 at 10:28 am ET
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Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning leaves the stadium after the game with his son Marshall after winning Super Bowl 50. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Peyton Manning’s image has long been a matter of public debate and discourse in New England and throughout the country. But now, there’s a claim through an explosive column in the New York Daily News that Manning’s All-American image is one big fraud.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King made his case Saturday – through a 74-page legal document he received – that there was an extensive smear campaign against former University of Tennessee Director of Health & Wellness Dr. Jamie Naughright and a calculated effort to hide the details of an alleged ugly sexual assault of her by Manning when he was at Tennessee in 1996.

King was initially critical of the media’s coverage of Cam Newton‘s behavior following the Super Bowl loss to Manning’s Broncos in Santa Clara. He wondered why the media was focused on the Newton’s performance in the press conference and not the the hug Newton gave Manning on the field. He even suggested a racial double standard.

But then he said he was emailed the 74-page court document that USA Today acquired in 2003, detailing the Manning-Naughright encounter while Naughright was examining Manning’s foot for an injury.

The following is an except of what King wrote Saturday in the New York Daily News:

Less than 24 hours later, a source who claimed to see my article on the racial double standard, sent me a 74-page court document from Polk County court in Florida. Sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for a flight home, I opened the PDF, began reading, and felt like I had stumbled on to state secrets. I literally moved to where nobody could see my computer screen.

While Peyton Manning is not the president of the United States, in a land where football is king, he is the Captain America of sports and certainly one of the best quarterbacks of all time. He’s also a prolific pitchman in the country, the friendly face of several multi-billion dollar corporations.

This document says, in essence, that it’s all a facade, an act, a well-designed for-profit creation, maintained and manicured at all cost. For me, it was like reading proof that the first Apollo moon landing was really a fictional tale filmed in a Hollywood studio designed to dupe us all. That flag, planted in the moon, seemingly blowing in the wind, was a ruse after all. Maybe B.o.B. was right on this one fact.

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Eli Manning explains why he was so somber near end of Super Bowl 50 02.11.16 at 8:00 am ET
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In the late stages of Super Bowl 50, there was a shot of the Manning family suite broadcast on television with family members celebrating after a Denver touchdown. Everyone appeared to be having a good time, except for Eli Manning. The Giants quarterback explained why he was holding back his emotions in an interview with TMZ Sports:

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Mike Petraglia explains how Von Miller, defense gave Peyton Manning his 2nd Super Bowl title 02.08.16 at 2:52 am ET
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia explains how Von Miller gave Peyton Manning his 2nd SB title. Miller strip-sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton twice Sunday in a 24-10 win over the favored Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Miller won the Super Bowl MVP honor with the performance as Newton was sacked six times on the day, helping to give Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

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Von Miller leads Peyton Manning, Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 win 02.07.16 at 10:22 pm ET
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Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the end, Denver’s defense, led by Von Miller, was good enough to hand Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

Showing the same ferocity they brought against Tom Brady in the AFC championship, the Broncos sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers to record their third Super Bowl victory in franchise history with a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It was their first since John Elway won consecutive Lombardi trophies in 1997 and ’98.

Miller strip-sacked Newton twice, leading to one defensive touchdown and one offensive touchdown. In total, the Broncos sacked passers seven times to tie a Super Bowl record. Newton finished 18-of-41 for 265 yards.

But Manning, playing perhaps his final NFL game, wasn’t much better. He lost a fumble and was just 13-of-23 for 141 yards, one interception, four sacks and one lost fumble.

The Broncos not only held Newton  to 8-of-19 passing for 95 yards in the first half, they sacked him three times for 33 yards, including a strip sack by Miller which was recovered by Malik Jackson for a touchdown.

That touchdown put the Broncos up, 10-0.

Manning couldn’t get much going in the first half either. After leading the Broncos down the field on a 64-yard drive to open the game, Manning and the Broncos had to settle for the first of two Brandon McManus first-half field goals. Manning was just 9-of-16 for 76 yards and a bad interception to defensive end Kony Ealy after Manning locked in on Emmanuel Sanders.

Jonathan Stewart capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-yard leap over the middle into the end zone to make it 10-7, Broncos. McManus added a 33-yard field goal for Denver, which took a 13-7 lead to the half.

The Panthers took the opening drive of the third quarter and had a lot of momentum following a 45-yard crossing route completion to Ted Ginn down to the Denver 35. The Panthers appeared ready to get in position to score a go-ahead TD but Jerricho Cotchery dropped a pass at the Broncos 5-yard line on the right sideline. Then Graham Gano missed a 44-yard field goal when the ball caromed high off the right upright.

The Broncos responded by coming right down the field after a pair of Manning passed to Emmanuel Sanders. But again, the Broncos couldn’t finish in the red zone, settling for a 30-yard field goal from McManus that put the Broncos up, 16-7, with 8:18 left in the third.

Philly Brown hauled in a 42-yard heave from Newton over the middle of the field, setting up the Panthers at the Broncos 38. But four plays later, Newton was intercepted by T.J. Ward. Ward fumbled the ball on his return and the Panthers nearly recovered at the Broncos 5. But linebacker Danny Trevathan was there to save the day.

After Manning drove the Broncos down to Carolina’s 42, he was strip-sacked at midfield with 13:17 left in the fourth. The Panthers recovered at midfield and drove down to the Broncos’ 21. But the drive stalled and the Panthers had to settle for a Gano 39-yard field goal, cutting Denver’s lead to 16-10 with 10:21 left in the fourth.

The Broncos followed the exact same script as the AFC championship, playing field position and giving the Panthers several chances to come from behind and win.

Miller’s second strip sack of Newton came with 4:04 left in the game and set the Broncos up at the Panthers’ 4. After a defensive holding call, C.J. Anderson ran it in from two yards for Denver’s first offensive touchdown of the game with 3:08 left. Manning found Bennie Fowler for the 2-point conversion.

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Tom Brady would be ‘very happy’ for Peyton Manning as friend, but also ‘very jealous’ if Broncos win Super Bowl at 6:28 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have remained close over the years (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have remained close over the years (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been competing against one another for all 16 years Brady has been in the league, including most recently when Manning’s Broncos beat the Patriots, 20-18 in the AFC championship.

Brady and Manning are friends off the field, so appearing on Westwood One radio prior to Super Bowl 50, Jim Gray asked Brady what it would be like if Manning were to win the game.

“I think there is always mixed emotions when you have people that you have competed with and competed against for so long,” Brady said. “In so many ways you have a mutual respect and admiration for one another. In other ways you’re very competitive about who wins and who loses.

“At the same time, if he wins I think it’s an incredible thing for him to be able to accomplish and I would be very happy for him as a friend. I would also be very jealous that he won a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of conflict internally. At the same time, you have to have appreciation because it’s so hard to do and I think I am a person that has always had great appreciation for the players who play the game and sacrifice so much, give up so much of their bodies and their families and their time commitments to play this sport that America loves.”

Brady was also asked about Manning and his potential retirement. The Patriots quarterback said it would be a nice way for him to go out with a win, but if he does want to return, Brady is ready to compete against him once again.

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Setting the scene from Super Bowl 50 as Peyton Manning looks for 2nd SB win at 3:56 pm ET
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The stage is set for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The stage is set for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It will be a perfect late afternoon in Silicon Valley as the Broncos and Peyton Manning take on Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.

The forecast is calling for a game-time temperature of 73 degrees and bright sunshine for the 3:30 PT kickoff off. There is no chance of precipitation during the game in the open-air stadium and heat could be a factor early on as Levi’s Stadium is much like Miami’s SunLife Stadium and the Panthers’ home of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. There is no canopy covering any part of the stadium.

Both teams are relatively healthy coming in, with the biggest injury concern being the broken right forearm of Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. He had surgery to fix the forearm in the bye week before the Super Bowl and assured reporters during the week that he’ll be ready to go and start in the game.

The Panthers are appearing in their second Super Bowl in franchise history, losing 32-29 to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. The Broncos have matched the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys with their eighth Super Bowl appearance. But they have the worst record of the four coming in. The Broncos, fresh from their 43-8 rout at the hands of the Seahawks two years ago at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII, are just 2-5 in their previous seven appearances.

They have been beaten by double digits in all five of their losses, falling 27-10 to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, 39-20 to the Giants in Super Bowl XXI, 42-10 to the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII, 55-10 to the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV and 43-8 two years ago.

The highlight of the game for Patriots fans figures to be the appearance of Tom Brady, who will be on the field for the NFL ceremony to honor all 43 Super Bowl MVPs. Brady and childhood hero Joe Montana are the only ones with three MVP awards in the game. Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning have two apiece.

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Ted Johnson on Peyton Manning and HGH allegations: ‘I feel bad he has to deal with it. I’m a proponent of [HGH]’ 02.05.16 at 8:14 pm ET
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Ted Johnson is still outspoken on HGH and brain injuries. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Ted Johnson is still outspoken on HGH and brain injuries. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

SAN FRANCISCO — Ted Johnson has made a name for himself after winning three Super Bowls with the Patriots by being outspoken.

He’s at it again.

Speaking to WEEI.com Friday, two days before Super Bowl 50, the linebacker-turned-Houston sportsradio host said that Peyton Manning shouldn’t be dealing with allegations of HGH use, in part because he thinks it should be legal.

“I’m a proponent of HGH,” Johnson said. “I think HGH should be allowed and maybe be regulated. It helps guys recover. There’s so many good things in being able to use HGH for guys that play football because your bodies just get beat up. Now, it’s got to be used within reason and regulated. I don’t have a problem with it. I think it’s much to do about nothing.

“I feel bad that he has to deal with that distraction but I’m a proponent of it. Used carefully and regulated, I don’t have a problem with HGH.”

Johnson said he is doing very well for himself now after some very dark days following his football career, which ended after winning his third Super Bowl in Jan. 2005 in Jacksonville.

Johnson told the New York Times in 2007 that he suffers from amphetamine addiction, depression and headaches related to post-concussion syndrome and Second Impact Syndrome. He then suggested Bill Belichick pressured him to participate in full contact practice drills three days after suffering a concussion in an exhibition game against the Giants in Aug. 2002.

Johnson said during those drills, he suffered a second concussion, and that Belichick asked him to participate against the advice of the team’s head trainer. Belichick denied those allegations. Johnson told WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan that he was only joking when he said he’d consider returning to football in 2006 after Junior Seau was injured. Those five years were an emotional roller coaster for Johnson, a ride he admitted again Friday involved Adderall and cocaine.

“A lot of people know my story. I sought out drugs to feel better,” Johnson recounted. “I was having headaches. Cognitively, I wasn’t firing on all cylinders. Behaviorally, I was changing, depression. You have a lot of impulse issues. And so, I sought out drugs to feel better. And the first drug was Adderall. It made me feel better. It was not prescribed for what I was feeling because it’s not a medication used to treat that. But I started using that. It made me feel better. Cognitively, I was sharper. It just cleared things up. My headaches went away.

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