A new report has come out stating that an anti-aging clinic in Indianapolis supplied Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug that is on the NFL’s list of banned substances. These serious allegations came out late on Saturday night and are already spreading like wildfire.
A new special report from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has a report that is called “The Dark Side,” and it is the result of months and months of investigation into British hurdler, Liam Collins. The investigation was an attempt to expose the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports around the world.
According to The Huffington Post, the report is set to air on Sunday but was given to them in advance.
The lead story has Collins talking to medical professionals tied to the trade of PEDs and telling them that he wants one more glory run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During this entire investigation and report, numerous big names in professional sports are listed.
Peyton Manning is just one of those names.
Collins got in contact with Charlie Sly, a pharmacist from Austin, Texas, who worked at the Indiana-based anti-aging clinic in 2011. That clinic is the Guyer Institute and this is where Manning’s name comes into the whole thing.
Manning missed the entire 2011 NFL season after undergoing neck surgery when he was with the Indianapolis Colts.
The documentary has Collins talking to Sly while the hurdler is secretly taping his conversations with others. Sly ends up talking about Manning and says he was “part of the medical team” that was helping the NFL quarterback recover from surgery.
Sly continues on and states that the Guyer Institute mailed human growth hormone (HGH) along with other drugs to Ashley Manning, Peyton’s wife. This was done so as not to have Peyton Manning’s name actually attached to the drugs in any way at all.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs. Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name.”
Sly went on to say that during normal business hours, Manning and his wife would come into the clinic for intravenous treatments.
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After the 2011 season, Peyton Manning left the Colts and signed with the Denver Broncos where he has been since. It was in 2011 that the NFL signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NFL Player’s Association that banned HGH.
Testing did not begin for HGH in the league until 2014. Not a single player has yet to test positive for it.
At this time, Manning’s agent has since denied the allegations and details in the report from Al Jazeera. Manning’s agent also says that the assertions and comments from Sly are not only “outrageous,” but “wrong.”
Manning’s agent never denies that HGH was shippedto Ashley Manning. All that is stated is that those types of situations and matters are a medical privacy that is allowed to anyone and everyone.
Taylor Teagarden, who is currently with the Chicago Cubs, does appear in one of the undercover videos in “The Dark Side” report. In it, Teagarden talks about using PEDs during the previous Major League Baseball season.
Sly goes on to talk about interactions with Peyton Manning and how the quarterback is “really cool if you just sit down with him.” One thing that is in question though is the way Sly came about his knowledge.
While it has been confirmed that he did work at the anti-aging clinic that treated Manning, it’s hard to figure out how he learned of the arrangement of drug shipments to Ashley Manning.
“The Dark Side” is going to bring a lot to light as far as underground marketplaces for human growth hormone, performance-enhancing drugs, and how professional athletes come to get them. The allegations against Peyton Manning are simply that at this time, but more will be known as the report is aired.
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