Peyton Manning Accused Of Using Performing Enhancing Drugs
Charlie Blacks II January 1st 2016 Sports
Its been a rough for season for Peyton Manning, hes been fighting a foot injury, lost his starting quarterback job to Brock Osweiler, and now this This past Sunday morning, on December 27th, an Al Jazeera report stated that he and several other high profile sports figures were supplied performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic. The report that aired later that day on television claims that Peyton Manning received human growth hormone back in 2011, while he was recovering from neck surgery. The report cited a man by the name of Charlie Sly, who Al Jazeera claimed was the source of this information as he spoke to an undercover reporter from the publication. These claims sent the internet into a frenzy and this all took place before the end of Sunday Night Football. As if things havent been confusing enough for the Denver Broncos, now this report has the media and general public wanting to ask the Broncos quarterback a plethora of questions.
Things later got a little messy on the behalf of what most would consider a reliable news source in Al Jazeera. The publication stated that Charlie Sly was a pharmacist employed by the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis, but Sly himself told ESPNs Chris Mortensen that he wasnt a pharmacist for the company at the time of the accusations in 2011. Slys pharmaceutical licensing records indicate that he was an intern in Indiana from April 2010 to May 2013, and his license expired at the end of that term. Sly also recanted the story that Al Jazeera reported and stated that he made up the information that was made public. Genius we assume that this guy is currently in hiding.
Peyton wasted no time speaking with the media and he didnt allow these allegations to linger at all. The Denver Broncos quarterback spoke with ESPNs Lisa Salters and accused Al Jazeera of defamation of character. During clips of the interview you can tell that Peyton was steaming over these fallacious allegations and did his best to keep his composure. Heres a quote from the interview, "What hurts me the most about this, whoever this guy is, this slapstick trying to insinuate that in 2011, when more than less I had a broken neck -- I had four neck surgeries. ... It stings me whoever this guy is to insinuate that I cut corners, I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. It's a joke. It's a freaking joke." Manning did acknowledge that he did attend the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis in 2011, not to cheat himself, but to use the facilitys hyperbaric chamber for rehabilitation purposes. You can catch the full interview, above.
This Charlie Sly guy also listed linebackers, James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and others as receivers of illegal painkillers and performance-enhancing drugs. The majority of them have denied the allegations but the most pissed off about the situation is obviously Peyton Manning, and of course the general public is going to point the finger at him, as he is the largest star out of the alleged group. We have faith that one of todays greatest quarterbacks didnt need to cheat in order to get where hes at today. He was great prior to these allegations and will remain so afterwards. The disappointing part is that Al Jazeera reported this story without concrete proof. With networks like Fox News and CNN only giving us half-truths, we were hoping Al Jazeera was different. Good luck to Peyton Manning come this years playoffs, were looking forward to seeing him on the field this postseason and proving the doubters wrong.