Peyton Manning is going to find himself in hot water this week, as Al Jazeera prepares to air an investigative report that alleges he used HGH in 2011. The report, which involves British hurdler Liam Collins going undercover, takes viewers to an anti-aging clinic where Manning was allegedly aided in his recovery from neck surgery.
Manning has personally denied the allegations, in a statement released via the Broncos. The NFL has yet to comment on Manning or the special report.
The documentary focuses on Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute in 2011. The Guyer Institute is an anti-aging clinic in Indianapolis, and Sly was allegedly part of a team there that helped Manning recover from neck surgery in 2011.
The NFL didn’t ban HGH until 2011, and didn’t start testing until 2014.
While in Indianapolis, Manning never endured the injury problems he is currently dealing with. In fact before the neck surgeries sidelined him for a year, Manning had never missed a start. He is currently ranked 10th all-time with 227 consecutive starts from 1998-2011. This season, Manning hasn’t played in seven weeks with a foot injury, and still isn’t healthy enough to return to action.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” Sly says in the special, which airs Sunday. “Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name.”
Manning’s agent responded to Al Jazeera, and called the accusations “outrageous and wrong.” He did not deny the HGH shipments however, instead saying, “Any medical treatment received by Ashley is a private matter.”
Charlie Sly has posted a response video to YouTube, where he calls Collins a “recruited fraudster,” and recants any statements made in the special.
In the trailer, which debuted on Huffington Post, Al Jazeera promises to expose more than just Manning. The report takes Collins across the country and abroad to different “pharmacists”, and reportedly encounters other professional athletes along the way.