Commanders Cut Ties With Kicker Brandon McManus After Sexual Assault Allegations

Commanders Cut Ties With Kicker Brandon McManus After Sexual Assault Allegations
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The Wash­ing­ton Com­man­ders have part­ed ways with kick­er Bran­don McManus fol­low­ing alle­ga­tions of sex­u­al assault made against him in a recent lawsuit.

Accord¬≠ing to the law¬≠suit filed in Duval Coun¬≠ty, Flori¬≠da, two flight atten¬≠dants accused McManus of inap¬≠pro¬≠pri¬≠ate behav¬≠ior dur¬≠ing a Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber 2023 flight on a pri¬≠vate plane for the Jack¬≠sonville Jaguars, with whom he was play¬≠ing at the time. 

The women, iden­ti­fied as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II, alleged that McManus groped them and tried to kiss one of them with­out consent.

McManus‚Äô attor¬≠ney called the claims ‚Äúabsolute¬≠ly fic¬≠ti¬≠tious and demon¬≠stra¬≠bly false,‚ÄĚ but the Com¬≠man¬≠ders released the for¬≠mer Super Bowl cham¬≠pi¬≠on on Sunday. 

The team stat¬≠ed it ‚Äútakes alle¬≠ga¬≠tions of this nature very seri¬≠ous¬≠ly‚ÄĚ but did not pro¬≠vide an offi¬≠cial rea¬≠son for cut¬≠ting McManus.

In a state¬≠ment, McManus‚Äô lawyer expressed dis¬≠ap¬≠point¬≠ment with the team‚Äôs deci¬≠sion, say¬≠ing they planned to ‚Äúaggres¬≠sive¬≠ly defend and clear Bran¬≠don‚Äôs name and rep¬≠u¬≠ta¬≠tion through the legal process.‚ÄĚ

The 32-year-old kick­er had just signed a one-year, $3.6 mil­lion con­tract with the Com­man­ders in March 2024 after nine sea­sons with the Den­ver Broncos.

The team’s swift action to release him fol­low­ing the sex­u­al assault alle­ga­tions under­scores the grav­i­ty with which they viewed the claims.

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