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Brandon McManus is facing a lawsuit over allegations of sexual assault during a Jaguars team flight

CW: This story contains instances of sexual harassment.

On Monday, ESPN’s Michael DiRocco reported that two women have accused current Commander kicker Brandon McManus of sexual assault, suing him and the Jacksonville Jaguars for failing to create a safe environment for the team. The two women are represented by Tony Buzbee, who also represented the women who sued Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson.

According to court documents obtained by ESPN, McManus, while a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, allegedly acted inappropriately toward two flight attendants on the Jaguars’ Atlas Air Worldwide charter flight. The two flight attendants accuse McManus and other Jaguars players of “creating an unsafe environment” and ignoring the flight attendants’ personal space and air safety laws. McManus is accused of, among other things:

  • Recruit three other flight attendants into their party and give them $100 to encourage them to drink and dance inappropriately.
  • Trying to kiss a flight attendant as she sat during a moment of turbulence, and grinding into her twice while serving in-flight meals.
  • The second flight attendant accuses McManus of bumping into her and then walking away. According to the documents, when the second attendant confronted McManus about his actions, he “grinned and walked away.”

The lawsuit also alleges that the Jaguars committed gross negligence by failing to properly hire McManus, fail to train him in inappropriate sexual conduct with flight crew and adopt policies to prevent sexual misconduct on flights targeting flight crew. The Jaguars released a statement Monday night saying, “We are aware of the complaint and recognize the significance of the claims,” ​​the team said. “As we continue to investigate the matter, it must be emphasized that we insist on an organization built by people who represent our community and game with the highest character and class.”

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said today after Tuesday’s practice in Jacksonville that he was aware of these allegations in the ESPN article that was published, calling the news “disappointing.”

McManus was not re-signed by the Jaguars this offseason and ultimately signed a one-year deal with the Washington Commanders. The commanders said the following about the lawsuit: “Earlier today we were made aware of the civil lawsuit filed on May 24 against Brandon McManus. We take these types of allegations very seriously and are investigating the matter. We have been in contact with the League Office and Brandon’s representation and will reserve further comment at this time.”

The women are seeking an additional $1 million and a jury trial.