Commanders Release Brandon McManus Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Commanders release Brandon McManus after lawsuit

Brandon McManus’s tenure with the Washington Commanders has come to an abrupt end.

The team announced on Sunday night that they released McManus following a sexual assault lawsuit filed last month. McManus, who joined the Commanders on a one-year, $3.6 million deal after a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is accused of sexually assaulting two women on a team flight to London last season.

The women, working as flight attendants, claimed the flight turned into a “party” where McManus and others violated their personal space and safety protocols. One woman alleged that McManus attempted to kiss her and grinded against her during turbulence, while the second woman reported similar behavior during meal service. McManus denied the allegations through his attorney, calling them “absolutely false” and stating they are contradicted by evidence.

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The lawsuit also implicates the Jaguars for failing to supervise McManus and ensure a safe environment. The Jaguars are investigating the claims.

The Commanders issued a statement acknowledging the seriousness of the allegations and their communication with the league and McManus’s representation. They will refrain from further comments for now.

“Brandon would like to thank the Washington Commanders for the opportunity to be part of the organization,” McManus’s attorney stated. “We are disappointed with the team’s decision to release Brandon before he had the chance to defend himself. We will vigorously fight these claims and aim to clear his name.”

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