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Peyton Manning obtained banned PED, according to documentary
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2015, 8:52 AM
The NFL’s biggest name is a drug cheat, according to an explosive report scheduled to air Sunday night.
Peyton Manning used human growth hormone to help with his recovery from the neck surgery that sidelined him during the 2011 NFL season while he was with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a special report by Al Jazeera. The Denver Broncos QB went on the offensive soon after details of the report were leaked on Saturday night.
“The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never,” Manning said in a statement released by the Broncos. “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”
The former Super Bowl MVP reportedly obtained the performance-enhancing drug, which is banned by the NFL, from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic called the Guyer Institute. The clinic allegedly mailed the HGH to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning, so that the legendary quarterback’s name would not be implicated.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning the drugs,” a pharmacist linked to the Guyer Institute named Charlie Sly says in a secretly recorded video. “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 and his wife also came to the clinic after normal business hours for intravenous treatments, Sly says in an undercover video.
The Al Jazeera report, “The Dark Side,” follows British hurdler Liam Collins as he went undercover to expose the continuing use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports. Collins won the trust of medical professionals tied to the PED trade by telling them that he hoped for one last shot of glory at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Peyton Manning was administered human growth hormone in 2011 while recovering from a neck injury, according to an Al Jazeera documentary.
“Knowing Peyton Manning and everything he stands for, the Denver Broncos support him 100 percent,” the team said in a statement released on Sunday morning. “These are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report.
“Peyton is rightfully outraged by the allegations, which he emphatically denied to our organization and which have been publicly renounced by the source who initially provided them.”
In some ways, “The Dark Side” sounds like an old story – BALCO, Dr. Anthony Galea and Biogenesis — told with new characters. It describes an underground dope market where athletes can obtain powerful but banned performance enhancers that are difficult to detect by drug tests implemented by the NFL, Major League Baseball and the Olympics. It also raises questions about the integrity of pro sports’ drug testing programs.
“No one’s got caught, because the system’s so easy to beat,” Canadian pharmacist Chad Robertson, who did not return Al Jazeera’s calls for comment, told Collins in the documentary.
Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told Al Jazeera that Sly’s assertions are “outrageous and wrong.”
Sly said in an online video that he has recanted his statements, which he called “false and incorrect.”
CHarles Sly, left, is seen in a clip from Al Jazeera’s documentary ‘The Dark Side.’
Manning is the most famous athlete named in the report, which also alleges the Steelers’ James Harrison, the Dolphins’ Dustin Keller and Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Julius Peppers of the Packers obtained drugs from Sly.
Major League Baseball players are also identified in the report: Sly allegedly claimed he gave drugs to the Phillies’ Ryan Howard and the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman. The report also says boxer Mike Tyson received banned drugs from the pharmacist.
The bombshell allegations about Manning were reported Saturday by the Huffington Post, which said it had reviewed the Al Jazeera documentary called “The Dark Side” in advance.
Manning had never missed an NFL game in 13 previous seasons, but he was knocked out of the 2011 campaign following three surgeries intended to alleviate neck pain and arm weakness. Fox Sports reported in September 2011 that Manning had traveled to Europe to receive stem cell therapy, which is not approved in this country, for his ailing neck.
Manning was released by the Colts in March 2012 and signed with the Denver Broncos later that month. He has been sidelined since Nov. 15 by a left foot injury.
Sly told Collins, who surreptitiously videotaped their conversation, that he was “part of a medical team that helped (Manning) recover” from the surgery.
Pharmacist Charlie Sly claims clinic mailed growth hormone and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning, so that they couldn’t be traced to the then-Indianapolis Colts QB.
Huffington Post reported that Manning’s agent told Al Jazeera that the quarterback “has never done what this person is suggesting,” but did not deny that HGH was shipped to Manning’s wife.
Collins’ credibility will undoubtedly be questioned; Britain’s Insolvency Service, which administers bankruptcies in that country, banned him from directing a company for 14 years in 2013 for swindling investors in a scheme to buy and renovate rental properties.
Al Jazeera says Sly and his associates did supply Collins with drugs, and the network also claims it confirmed that Sly did work at the Guyer Institute.
Human growth hormone was banned by the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement in 2011, but the Players Association refused to sign on to HGH testing until 2014 and no NFL player has ever tested positive for the drug. Many doping experts, civil liberties lawyers, union officials and athletes have questioned the value of HGH testing, which is conducted through screening blood, not urine like other drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration restricts off-label use of HGH, which can only be prescribed to patients suffering from a handful of maladies, including AIDS wasting and pituitary gland disorders.
According to the Al Jazeera report, Sly is a fan of a hormone supplement called Delta-2, which is banned by MLB, because he says it is undetectable.
The NFL banned human growth hormone as part of its 2011 collective bargaining agreement with players, but did not begin testing for it until 2014.
“There’s a bunch of football players who take this, and a bunch of baseball players who take it too,” Sly tells Collins in the documentary.
Harrison, Zimmerman and Howard denied using the drugs to Al Jazeera, while Neal, Peppers, Matthews and Tyson did not respond to the network’s request for comment.
A LITTLE ABOUT DELTA-2
Delta-2 is a hormone supplement that was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement and is also on Major League Baseball’s list of performance enhancing drugs.
According to various reports Delta-2 is not detectable. It is considered a prohormone with an active ingredient that closely resembles that in the designer steroid madol.