Clay Matthews called an Al Jazeera documentary alleging that he was provided performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers “bullshit.”
The documentary, entitled “The Dark Side,” alleges Matthews and teammates Julius Peppers and Mike Neal, plus Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning among others, received drugs from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic.
“I think it’s bullshit, to be completely honest with you,” Matthews said after Sunday’s loss at Arizona. “It’s 100 percent falsified, fabricated information. I don’t who this guy is. I couldn’t tell you what he looks like. I’ve never talked with him. I’ve never communicated with him. So for him to bring my name up like that, which appears to be out of thin air, it’s bullshit, for a lack of a better term. I work hard on my reputation and really that’s all I have. For seven years, I’ve worked my ass off. For this guy to say those type of things, it’s just not true. And especially for him to recant everything that he said, too, I think it really just goes to show the (type of) source he is, as well. The truth will come out and I’m not worried about it because I carry myself a certain way and that is the right way.
Al Jazeera’s investigation is based on comments made by Charlie Sly, a pharmacist now based in Austin, Texas. Sly, as Matthews said, recanted his story. Those comments were made to Liam Collins, a British hurdler, who went undercover in an attempt to detail the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs.
According to the documentary, Sly allegedly said Matthews asked for the painkillers Percocet and Toradol, as well as Delta-2, a steroidlike supplement.
“Every medication I have is prescribed from our team physician,” Matthews said. “Anything that this man has said is 100 percent (false). There’s no merit to anything he said. It’s almost laughable. Those allegations are not true.”
Peppers and Neal, who was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, also were linked to Delta-2.
“Little bit shocked,” Peppers said. “It’s not true. It’s completely erroneous and I think it’s irresponsible journalism, in my opinion. I’m subject to the same steroid and drug-testing policy as everybody else, so I don’t understand how I could be linked to something like this.”
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