Ex-Jaguars kicker Brandon McManus accused of sexual assault in lawsuit after alleged incident on team flight

Brandon McManus signed a one-year deal with the Commanders this offseason

Brandon McManus allegedly sexually assaulted two flight attendants on the team's charter flight to London for a game last season.
Brandon McManus allegedly sexually assaulted two flight attendants on the team's charter flight to London for a game last season. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

A pair of women have filed a lawsuit against former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Brandon McManus alleging that he sexually assaulted them on the team’s flight to London for a game last year, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

The two women, who were not named, filed the lawsuit in Duval County Circuit Civil Court on Friday night. They are seeking more than $1 million in damages.

The women were working as flight attendants on the Jaguars’ charter flight to London in September 2023 ahead of their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium. The flight, the women alleged, “quickly turned into a party.”

McManus and other players disregarded the attendants’ personal space, air travel safety and federal laws, per the report, and McManus allegedly recruited other flight attendants to the party and passed out $100 bills to try and get them to drink and dance for him.

The first woman, per the lawsuit, said McManus tried to kiss her while she was seated during turbulence. He also allegedly grinded up against her twice while she was serving food and drinks. The second woman said McManus also grinded up against her during one of the flight’s meal services. She said she confronted McManus about it, but he “smirked and walked away.” The second woman said she remained in the plane’s second level to avoid him on the team’s return flight to Jacksonville after the game.

The two women also included the Jaguars in their lawsuit for allegedly failing to supervise McManus and failing to create a safe environment for staff on the plane. The charter flight was the first the two women had worked for the team, per the report, and they said they have experienced “severe mental anguish, anxiety, psychological and emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation.”

McManus denied the allegations against him in a statement through his attorney on Monday night.

“To be clear, these are absolutely fictitious and demonstrably false allegations made as part of a campaign to defame and disparage a talented and well-respected NFL player," McManus' lawyer, Brett R. Gallaway, said in a statement. "We intend to aggressively defend Brandon’s rights and integrity and clear his name by showing what these claims truly are – an extortion attempt.”

McManus got his start with the Denver Broncos, where he spent the first nine years of his career. He went 30-of-37 on field goals and made all of his extra points with the Jaguars last season. Jacksonville didn’t sign McManus again this offseason, but he’s since signed a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Washington Commanders.

“Earlier today, we were made aware of the civil lawsuit filed on May 24 against Brandon McManus,” the Commanders said in a statement. “We take allegations of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter. We have been in communication with the league office and Brandon’s representation, and will reserve further comment at this time.”

The Jaguars released a similar statement on Monday night, too.

"We're aware of the complaint, and we acknowledge the significant of the claims," the team said in a statement. "As we continue to look into the matter, it bears emphasizing that we insist on an organization built by people who represent our community and game with the highest character and class."