SEATTLE (CBS) — A USA Today reporter was attacked on Twitter after asking Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his sexual assault allegations during Manning’s retirement press conference Monday.

Lindsay Jones, who covers the NFL and the Denver Broncos, posed the following question at the close of the conference:

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“Over the last few weeks there’s been a lot of talk about things that happened 20 years ago in your career or in your life. What can you say now about those allegations, and how this has maybe overtaken kind of the discussion over the last few [inaudible]?”

After asking the question, Jones clarified through her Twitter account that Manning deserved a chance to respond to the allegations.

Within minutes Jones received a wave of criticism from fans. Most of the Tweets condemned Jones for asking the question, asserting she was just looking for attention. Others argued it was the wrong time to ask the question, and a few — unsurprisingly — were blatantly sexist.

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A number of reporters stood up for Jones:

Fans may be defensive over favored players, but when it comes to targeted online harassment Jones’ experience isn’t unfamiliar for a number of women working in sports. Julie DiCaro, an anchor for 670 The Score in Chicago, wrote about the types of threats she received on Twitter while covering the Patrick Kane rape investigation.

 

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