A report published by the Huffington Post Saturday night claims five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning received treatments of Human Growth Hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic while recovering from neck surgeries in 2011.
The report comes in advance of a documentary titled “The Dark Side,” which will air on Al-Jazeera America Sunday night. According to the Huffington Post, the documentary is “the result of a months long investigation.”
In the documentary, Charlie Sly, a pharmacist based in Austin, TX claims he was part of a medical team at Indianapolis’ Guyer Institute that supplied Manning and his wife Ashley with human growth hormone, a now banned substance in the NFL, while Manning was recovering from four neck surgeries that severely damaged nerves in his throwing shoulder and hand, forcing him to sit out the entirety of the 2011 season.
Sly claims HGH would be mailed to Manning’s wife Ashley in order for the future Hall of Famer’s name to not be connected with the shipments.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs like human growth hormone,” Sly said. “It would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name.”
Furthermore, Sly claims Manning and his wife went to the Indianapolis anti-aging clinic where Sly worked after business hours to receive treatment with HGH. It is important to note HGH did not become a banned substance in the NFL until after the signing of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Therefore, the timing of Manning’s treatment will be an important factor to learn more about if he indeed did take HGH.
In the Huffington Post piece, Manning’s agent Tom Condon vehemently denies the report, calling it “outrageous and wrong.”
“He has never done what this person is suggesting,” Condon said. “The treatment he received at the Guyer institute was provided on advice of a physician and with the knowledge of team doctors and trainers. Any medical treatment received by Ashley Manning is a private matter of hers, her doctor, and her family.”
It has long been understood that Manning received a significant amount of outside treatment to recover from his neck injury. However, this is the first time a banned steroid of any kind has been connected with the former Super Bowl MVP. If true, Manning’s integrity and his statistical greatness while with the Denver Broncos could come into question.
Late Saturday, Manning and the Broncos issued a statement denying the Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post pieces.
"The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up," Manning said. "It never happened. Never. I really can't believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up."
In a video message released on YouTube late Saturday, Sly said he lied in the documentary.
"It has come to my attention that the broadcaster Al-Jazeera has somehow obtained recordings or communications of me making statements concerning a number of athletes and that Al-Jazeera plans to release a documentary about them," Sly said. "Any recordings of me were obtained without my knowledge or consent. The statements on any recordings or communications that Al-Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect. To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al-Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstance should any of those statements or communications be aired."
Sunday morning, the Broncos released a statement supporting Manning.
“Knowing Peyton Manning and everything he stands for, the Denver Broncos support him 100 percent. These are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report.
“Peyton is rightfully outraged by the allegations, which he emphatically denied to our organization and which have been publicly renounced by the source who initially provided them.
“Throughout his NFL career, particularly during his four seasons with the Broncos, Peyton has shown nothing but respect for the game. Our organization is confident Peyton does things the right way, and we do not find this story to be credible.”
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