Documentary links Peyton Manning, Green Bay Packers players to doping ring
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning is vehemently refuting a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis.
In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.”
He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”
The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air Sunday and was shared in advance with the Huffington Post.
The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments.
According to the report, the Green Bay Packers’ Mike Neal and Julius Peppers are alleged to have been supplied a hormone supplement that is, according to the report, “steroidal in nature.” However, it is not an anabolic steroid.
In addition, the report claims Clay Matthews was provided with the prescription painkiller Percocet for at least one game.
Much more information may come to light as the documentary airs.