Peyton Manning Linked to Al Jazeera Report for HGH Use


Peyton Manning recently made headlines in an Al Jazeera report stating that the future Hall of Fame quarterback used HGH back in 2011.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was recently included in an Al Jazeera report as one of a few prolific athletes to receive illegal performance-enhancing drugs from a pharmacist who once worked at Guyer Institute in Indiana. The report states that Peyton Manning receiving human growth hormone (HGH) while he was recovering from neck-fusion surgery in 2011.

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Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to the surgery, and his career was in question. However, following the 2011 season, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts parted ways, and Manning ultimately decided to land in the Mile High City to continue his career. Reportedly, Charlie Sly, the pharmacist who gave Peyton Manning the HGH, spoke to undercover agents about doping in professional sports and mentioned several high-profiled athletes.

In addition to Peyton Manning, Sly mentioned Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Nationals utility man Ryan Zimmerman, and former boxer Mike Tyson as athletes who received shipments of HGH while he was at Guyer Institute. Moreover, Julius Peppers and James Harrison are linked to other performance-enhancing drugs from Sly. After news broke about the report, Peyton Manning vehemently denied any wrongdoings.

"“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.” – Peyton Manning"

While Peyton Manning denied receiving HGH from Charlie Sly, he did acknowledge that he was a patient at Guyer Institute. Furthermore, the Al Jazeera reports states that Peyton Manning received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs under his wife’s (Ashley) name to eliminate any connection with the PEDs and Manning’s name. Peyton Manning denies this aspect of the report, as well as, going to the Institute “after hours.”

"“My wife has never provided any medication for me to take. Ashley and I never attended the clinic together after hours. There were time 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 close at 5.” – Peyton Manning"

It is not uncommon for high-profile players to receive treatment that suits there schedule, so the whole “after hours” debacle could be very minuscule, as Peyton Manning noted. However, Sly states that Manning and his wife went to the clinic after hours to receive intravenous treatments to aid Peyton Manning’s recovery from season-ending surgery.

The NFL and NFLPA added HGH testing to the collective bargaining agreement that was signed in 2011; however, the two sides did not agree to implementation until 2014. Peyton Manning joined the Denver Broncos in 2012, but he is currently sidelined with a plantar fascia injury suffered over a month ago. This news could not come at a worse time for Peyton Manning, currently rehabbing and having one of the worst seasons of his career.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen addressed the report to Peyton Manning, and Manning denied every aspect of the report.

"“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. – Peyton Manning"

While we have no reason to not believe Peyton Manning, the truth, normally, always comes out in the end. This could all be a wrong place at the wrong time scenario in which Peyton Manning received medical treatment from a clinic that was supplying illegal substances to other athletes at the time. Manning will look to these allegations to bed, quickly, as these allegations just seem coincidental.

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The Denver Broncos expect Peyton Manning to miss his sixth-consecutive game this week as he rehabs his foot. Brock Osweiler will start, once again, for the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals. This game has pretty big playoff implications, so the team wants to avoid any outside distractions heading into the game.

The Al Jazeera report, titled “The Dark Side,” is scheduled to air sometime Sunday.