A White Lie: Columnist Who Rehashed Peyton Manning Accusations Has An Interesting Racial Past

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If the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning hadn’t won the Super Bowl, we likely wouldn’t be talking about an alleged sexual misconduct incident from some 20 years ago. But after Manning hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, New York Daily News columnist Shaun King couldn’t help but muddle Manning’s image.

King’s column, titled “Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies,” gained national attention after the Super Bowl. In it, he alleges Manning isn’t “squeaky clean” and “Peyton and the Manning family knowingly, willingly, wantonly ruined the good name and career of Dr. Jamie Naughright.”

In 1996, a 20-year-old Manning was accused of teabagging Naughright, a female trainer for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. Manning’s denied the allegations and not much came of it… until 20 years later.

The attention King’s article got was the columnist equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, so then people decided to dig into his past too.

Here’s what the Daily Caller found:

TheDC first reported in July that King’s claims — made in interviews, online, and in a self-help book he wrote — that he was the victim of a hate crime attack by up to a dozen white racist rednecks while a high school student in Versailles, Kentucky on March 1, 1995 was not consistent with a police report written at the time of the incident. TheDC also talked to the police detective who worked the case, Keith Broughton, who said that he saw no evidence that the attack was racially motivated.

The next month, Breitbart News published King’s birth certificate. The document listed both King’s mother and father as white.

A report from a school counselor written on July 26, 1995 shows that King’s mother corrected the characterization that King is black.

‘Parent states this is incorrect,’ reads a notation referring to a description of King as black.

King’s mother also indicated during her deposition that her son was not black. She also said that a vice principal at the school — a black woman named Drexel Greene — told her that King could not have been the victim of a hate crime because he was white.

Uh oh.

Normally, King’s race wouldn’t matter, except for the fact he’s made a career off of it. King is an outspoken leader of Black Lives Matter and also wrote an article prior to the Super Bowl about “the racial double standard between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning.” King’s latest tweet sums up what he does on a day-to-day basis.

The fellas at Fox Sports have been having a great time with King’s alleged blackness. Jason Whitlock, who we’re 97 percent sure is black, called King out on it a few days ago.

And Clay Travis, who we’re 82 percent sure is white, wanted to see if King would respond to the Daily Caller’s article.

So far, no response.

It looks like King isn’t “squeaky clean” either.

[via Daily Caller]

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