Manning Slams 'Garbage' Report He Used HGH

QB is the biggest name in extensive, damning investigation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2015 7:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Peyton Manning is hitting back in no uncertain terms after his name surfaced in a report being labeled "explosive" that claims the star quarterback took human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic as he recovered from neck surgery in 2011, and that he did so under his wife's name to avoid detection. The al-Jazeera report, called "The Dark Side" and picked up by Huffington Post, is a monthslong undertaking featuring undercover work by a British hurdler, Liam Collins. Manning released a statement in response Saturday night: "The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. 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."

During the investigation, Collins meets pharmacist Charlie Sly, who worked with the Guyer Institute in 2011 and said in video recorded without his knowledge that "all the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name." Manning's agent rebuts that claim, saying he "has never done what this person is suggesting. The treatment he received at the Guyer Institute was provided on the advice of his physician and with the knowledge of team doctors and trainers. Any medical treatment received by Ashley is a private matter of hers, her doctor, and her family." Much more on the report at the Huffington Post. (Read more Peyton Manning stories.)

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