A short time after the Indianapolis Colts kicked off against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, the Colts released a statement in support of former quarterback Peyton Manning.
The former Colts quarterback was accused in an Al Jazeera report of taking human growth hormone in 2011 while with the team and rehabilitating from multiple neck surgeries.
The Colts statement: “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.”
The report claimed Manning’s wife, Ashley, received the performance-enhancing drugs in her name, but a former Guyer Institute employee said the HGH was for the quarterback.
Another pro-Manning statement was offered by Dr. Dale Guyer of the Guyer Institute, which treated Manning, via Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole: “I have no reason to believe these allegations are based in fact or have any truth. In fact, I can say with absolute certainty they are not. I find it extremely disturbing that the source of Al Jazeera’s story, a former unpaid intern named Charles Sly, would violate the privacy of Mrs. Manning’s medical records and be so callous and destructive as to purposely fabricate and spread stories that are simply not true.
“I would emphasize that Mr. Sly was never an employee of the Guyer Institute and his brief three-month internship occurred in 2013 during which time Peyton was not even being treated or present in the office. I think it is obvious that Mr. Sly has fabricated this whole thing for reasons I cannot fathom. I am proud to have treated Peyton and helped him through his rehabilitation. Mr. Manning is one of the most honorable and upstanding individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing.”
Cole reported the NFL will investigate.
Former Colts president/vice chairman Bill Polian, who selected Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in 1998, was also adamant in his support of the quarterback.
"I've been around this league a long, long time and I've seen a lot of crazy and despicable things," said Polian, now an ESPN NFL analyst, on Sunday night. "This is among the worst I've ever witnessed.
"I can tell you there isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that what Peyton is saying isn't 1,000-percent accurate. Nothing I can point to in my days -- not one thing -- leads me to believe he would even think of breaking a rule. Not Peyton. Never."
The Broncos offered this statement: “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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