Peyton Manning Says Al Jazeera Documentary's Doping Claims Are “Complete Garbage”
“The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up,” the Denver Broncos quarterback says in a statement about an upcoming report from the network.
Al Jazeera America will air an investigative documentary Sunday that allegedly exposes a doping ring involving major athletes, including Peyton Manning, The Huffington Post reported late Saturday night.
According to the report, the Qatari-backed cable news network alleges that an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied the Denver Broncos quarterback with human growth hormone in 2011 when he was recovering from neck surgery.
Manning strongly denied the claims on Saturday night. “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up,” he said in a personal statement released by the Broncos. “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.”
The allegation comes in a documentary called The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers, which is the result of months of undercover investigation by British hurdler Liam Collins “in an attempt to expose the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs in global sports.”
In the documentary, according to The Huffington Post, Collins secretly records pharmacist Charlie Sly alleging that the clinic mailed growth hormone and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley.
Manning’s agent denied the details of the report to AJA, calling Sly’s assertions “outrageous and wrong.”
Sly, who reportedly links a handful of other athletes, even backpedals when approached by AJA, saying his claims were “false and incorrect.”
In 2011, HGH was on the NFL’s list of banned substances, but the league didn't begin testing for it until 2014.