Documentary Links Peyton Manning, Other NFLers To PEDs

9:50pm: Manning has issued a strongly worded denial through the Broncos (Twitter link via Albert Breer of

“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.”

9:04pm: In 2011, when Peyton Manning was recovering from a career-threatening neck injury, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied him and his wife with human growth hormone – which is on the NFL’s banned substances list – according to a pharmacist who worked at the clinic, Travis Waldron and Ryan Grim of The Huffington Post write.

Guyer Institute pharmacist Charlie Sly claims he was “part of a medical team that helped [Manning] recover.” Sly made that statement to Liam Collins, a British hurdler who went undercover for an Al Jazeera documentary, “The Dark Side,” centering on the global epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” says Sly on video, unaware that Collins was taping him. “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 also declares that Manning and his wife showed up at the clinic after normal business hours for intravenous treatments.

In response, Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, rejected Sly’s allegations to Al Jazeera and referred to them as “outrageous and wrong.”

“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,” said Condon, who neither confirmed nor denied that growth hormones were sent to Manning’s wife.

“Any medical treatment received by Ashley is a private matter of hers, her doctor, and her family,” Condon said.

As noted by Waldron and Grim, the league banned HGH in 2011 but didn’t begin testing for it until 2014. No NFL player has ever tested positive for it.

In addition to Manning, Sly and fellow pharmacist Chad Robertson name Packers linebackers Mike Neal and Julius Peppers, Steelers LB James Harrison and ex-NFL tight end Dustin Keller as players they supplied with banned substances. Neal, Peppers, Harrison and Keller are all linked to hormone supplement Delta-2, which Sly says is designed to stay ahead of drug tests.

Further, Sly contends to have provided prescription painkiller Percocet to Packers LB Clay Matthews, whom Sly says also attempted to obtain Toradol – another painkiller. Toradol is banned in many countries, but not the United States.

Harrison issued a denial to Al Jazeera, while Neal, Peppers, Matthews and Keller didn’t respond to the network’s request for comment, per Waldron and Grim.

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13 comments on “Documentary Links Peyton Manning, Other NFLers To PEDs

  1. Hmmm maybe… After the NFL started actually testing for it last year Peyton’s performance began a steep decline about four weeks later…. Maybe that’s a coincidence.

    • I agree 100% with your comment. seriously!!!

    • TJECK109

      And it would not surprise me if Harrison was using. And that’s from a Steelers fan

    • Not a crazy theory, but its also possible it could just be neck issues. The guy had what two or three neck surgeries? To expect him to not feel any ill effects at all would be crazy. Again, not saying you’re wrong, in fact your theory actually makes a lot of sense, just that I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

  2. MoneyballGoneWrong

    One word: Wow

  3. George

    I’m wondering if the NFL are going to spend 4 million and 8 months of investigating

    • TJECK109

      Yep and they will hand down suspensions only to see them overturned.

  4. TJECK109

    I guess we can call this INFLATEgate

  5. Mike T.

    Well just wait until tomorrow night and watch the documentary and judge for yourself.

    • steelman

      Innocent until proven guilty! Well then the NFL would still find a way to mess it up.

    • Sorry, but anyone who takes Al-Jazeera seriously is an idiot.

  6. ka_teague

    Anyone that says the fact that manning a performance decreased now because they test for this stuff is completely stupid. It’s obvious Father Time caught up with manning, not because he “stopped taking hgh”. Manning is a stand up athlete and human, comes from a family of stand up athletes and humans, and even though nobody would surprise me of trying to cheat the system for an edge, he is as close as u can come to surprising me. Doubt this is true. Doubt it. They also say Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard in baseball. Two more class acts in the sport. Doubt this one strongly. But we shall see.

  7. rick renz

    It was also reported that the guy claiming they used HGH was an intern and wasn’t working at the clinic when Manning was there. He has also retracted his statements.

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