Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been listed as one of everal prominent professional athletes who were supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs from an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic.
An Al Jazeera undercover probe, posted online early Sunday morning, reports that Manning was given a supply of human growth hormone in 2011 while he was recovering from surgery that year. The report, “The Dark Side” cites pharmacist, Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to undercover reporter, Liam Collins, working for the network, that he supplied Manning with HGH.
Sly alleges that the clinic mailed growth hormone and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to them.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” Sly says in the video, via The Huffington Post. “Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name.”
The Denver Broncos released a statement on Manning’s behalf:
“The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. 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.”
Manning also issued a statement to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Saturday night: “For the record, I have never used HGH. It absolutely never happened. The whole thing is totally wrong. It’s such a fabrication, I’m not losing any sleep over it, that’s for sure.”
Manning added: “Yes, I have been a patient under Dr. Guyer. I have had nutrient therapy, oxygen therapy and other treatments that are holistic in nature but never HGH. My wife has never provided any medication for me to take. Ashley and I never attended the clinic together after hours. There were times when I went in the morning and there were times when I went after practice so this thing about ‘after hours’ is so misleading because it may have been 5:15 pm because their office closed at 5.”
Sly has retracted his statements and told ESPN he was just testing Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter by dropping “names like Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard and James Harrison.” He said none were clients.
“When I realized Al Jazeera was using a secret taping and Collins as a so-called investigative reporter, I was baffled,” he said. “I cannot believe that can happen. That’s why I recanted the story. It wasn’t true and I was trying to pull one over on Collins to see if he had any idea of what he was talking about.
“I was trying to determine whether this guy [Collins] was legitimate or just trying to steal some knowledge about the business.”
Manning’s agent also issued a statement:
“The allegation reported by Al Jazeera naming Peyton is absolutely false and it recounts behavior and events that never occurred,” Tom Condon said in the news release. “The implications suggested by Al Jazeera are outrageous and baseless: their source has already retracted his statements, as well as advised Al Jazeera those statements were meritless.
“Any further reporting of this matter is a retelling of falsehoods and fiction and complicity in the lack of journalistic ethics demonstrated by Al Jazeera.”