I don't think I've ever seen the air go out of a story of this magnitude this quickly. Peyton Manning's accuser, Charlier Sly, who claimed that Manning took Human Growth Hormone during his recovery from four neck surgeries back in 2011, admitted in a video statement that the claims were "absolutely false and incorrect".
Manning released a statement Saturday night and followed it up with an emotional interview on ESPN Sunday morning. The Denver Broncos quickly followed suit Sunday morning with a statement of their own, fully 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.”
Peyton is understandably angry and upset. He's had a great week of practice, according to him. And the prospects of him potentially practicing with the team and maybe even starting next week are very possible.
We all know the fell things Manning can accomplish when he's angry.
Don't make him angry.
Update: The Indianapolis Colts also released a statement, defeding Manning.
"We've been made aware of the recent Al Jazeera report concerning Peyton Manning and find it utterly ridiculous. We are thoroughly familiar with Peyton's tireless work habits, his medical history, and, most importantly, his integrity. Peyton played the game in Indianapolis for 14 years the right way. He never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs. We also note that the "source" of this allegation has since recanted his story. The entire Indianapolis Colts organization and the Irsay family hope this crude effort to besmirch Peyton's reputation will not be permitted to tarnish the legacy of a great Colt."
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