Sports Law’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Peyton Manning’s latest opponent is not a linebacker, but rather a documentary by al-Jazeera claiming that Manning was supplied with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing substance that is banned by the NFL. The documentary lists a number of athletes as users of the banned substance.
The gist of the charge against Manning is that he had HGH sent to his wife, Ashley, for his personal use. Manning’s agent did not deny that Mrs. Manning received the substance. Manning has confirmed that he was a patient at the Guyer Institute. Charlie Sly, an intern pharmacist, worked at the Institute. The al-Jazeera report cited Sly as a source, though Sly has since recanted his statements.
Manning used the Guyer Institute for rehabilitation, but he did so under the close watch by his team. Manning had suffered a broken neck was using the Institute’s hyperbaric chamber that Colts trainers and doctors thought would be good for him.
Manning made it clear what he thought of the story: “So it's completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage -- there's more adjectives I'd like to be able to use. It really makes me sick.” Al-Jazeera might find itself involved in defamation lawsuit with some of the athletes named in its story.
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