The Washington Commanders have released kicker Brandon McManus, announced on X without a stated reason.

McManus faces a civil suit from two women who claim he assaulted them on a team-chartered flight last year when he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Commanders, investigating the matter, declined to comment on whether the release relates to these allegations.

The lawsuit, filed in Duval County, Florida, seeks over $1 million in damages. It accuses McManus of assault and the Jaguars of negligence. McManus’ attorney, Brett R. Gallaway, has called the suit “an extortion attempt.”

The suit alleges McManus hosted an inappropriate in-flight party, targeting one woman who resisted his advances, and another while she served meals. Both women reported mental anguish and career disruption. They seek a jury trial.

The Jaguars, aware of the claims, are also investigating. They emphasized their commitment to maintaining a high character within their organization.

McManus, who began his NFL career with the Denver Broncos in 2014, joined the Commanders in March. His release leaves the team without a kicker.