Peyton Manning’s perfect ending has been anything but that. UltraViolet is urging Manning’s main sponsors to suspend him after his sexual assault allegations in Tennessee have resurfaced. Quote courtesy of LarryBrownSports:
“When institutions like the University of Tennessee tacitly condone violence against women by ignoring cases of sexual assault by student-athletes, it perpetuates a dangerous culture of violence that ultimately hurts women everywhere. While it is outrageous that the University of Tennessee chose to turn a blind eye to sexual violence by student athletes like Manning, it would be flat out unacceptable for the NFL and major companies like Nationwide Insurance and Papa John’s Pizza to continue to stand with Manning in light of emerging evidence.”
Who is this group? Straight from UltraViolet:
“UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people who work to expand women’s rights.UltraViolet puts the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ women, front and center.”
It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out, Manning is one of the most recognizable faces in sports endorsements- Peyton was the top earner in 2015 at a cool $12 million per year according to CBS Sports. This outrage has snowballed and now it’s so big it’s not going away without some sort of action from Manning’s side.