Peyton Manning has been enjoying his first summer away from football, but his business with the NFL may not be finished just yet.
As a part of its investigation into Al Jazeera’s report that connected a number of players to HGH, Manning included, the NFL will interview the former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback. Manning was alleged to have received HGH from the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis while he rehabbed from a degenerative nerve issue that forced him to miss the 2011 season.
Originally, Manning was not expected to be interviewed by the NFL in the process of its investigation due to the fact that, as a retired player, he is no longer a member of the NFL Players Association. However, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to Pro Football Talk that every player, active or retired, will be interviewed in the investigation.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...Other players that were implicated in Al Jazeera’s report and will be interviewed by the NFL include James Harrison, Mike Neal, Clay Matthews, and Julius Peppers.
Manning was adamant in asserting his innocence after the report first surfaced in December 2015, even saying that he would participate in any future investigations into the HGH allegations. Given his passionate denial last year, it stands to reason that Manning should be as forthcoming as anyone when the NFL sits him down to discuss the matter.
Between the HGH allegations and the well-documented incident at the University of Tennessee in 1996, the court of public opinion (save for the Manning-faithful of Colorado and Indiana) has been surprisingly quick to assume the future Hall-of-Famer’s guilt without digging into both sides of the story.
While some of the instantaneous backlash against Manning may in part be a response to the NFL’s perceived bias against his contemporary, Tom Brady, his ethics (both on and off the field) during his career should earn him due process and maybe even the benefit of the doubt.
Hopefully, however, the NFL’s investigation should leave us with a little bit more than just speculation.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.