It’s possible Peyton Manning took back the Broncos’ starting quarterback job Sunday in helping the AFC’s top seed to a 27-20 win over San Diego. The 39-year-old’s name is also in the news again for the wrong reasons, however, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes. Deborah Davies of Al Jazeera told CNN’s Reliable Sources that the media outlet has another source to corroborate a recent report that accused the Mannings (Peyton and his wife, Ashley) of having human growth hormone – a banned NFL substance – shipped to their house in 2011.
Last week, the existence of Al Jazeera documentary “The Dark Side,” which centers on the global epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, came to light. In the documentary, ex-Guyer Institute pharmacist Charlie Sly claims the Indianapolis-based anti-aging clinic supplied Manning and his wife with HGH as he was recovering from a serious neck injury. Manning quickly refuted the allegations, calling them “complete garbage.” He also threatened legal action. The story faded from the headlines soon after, but Davies has revived it.
“[W]e had a second source,” she said. “Absolutely impeccably placed, knowledgeable, and credible, who confirmed exactly what Charlie Sly said. Shipments of HGH were repeatedly, repeatedly sent to Ashley Manning in Florida and other places in the U.S. . . . There are different kinds of sources. There are some you can name, there are some you can’t. This is a source we cannot name. We could not name. The value of that source was to add to the level of confidence we already had in what Charlie Sly was saying.”
On why neither Davies nor Al Jazeera revealed the existence of a second source sooner, she stated, “It would simply have led to another range of speculation, another set of fishing expedition questions.”
Whether the source actually exists may never be known, but the timing is poor for both Manning and the Broncos – who now face the potential of having to deal with more steroid-related questions as they get ready for the playoffs.