Peyton Manning Threatens To Sue Over HGH Accusations In New Documentary

By McCarton Ackerman 12/28/15

A new Al Jazeera documentary is in hot water after making some large accusations about prominent American football players

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning has declared that he will “probably sue” over a new Al Jazeera documentary that accuses the NFL star of using performance-enhancing drugs. The documentary, entitled The Dark Side, claimed that Manning was given human growth hormone in 2011 by a pharmacist at the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis named Charlie Sly. The film also alleges that the hormones were mailed to his house under his wife’s name so that no trace could be linked back to him. Sly allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter working for the station and claimed that Manning and his wife visited the clinic after normal business hours for intravenous treatments.

Manning acknowledged visiting the Guyer Institute during regular hours, but said the claims that he used HGH were “garbage.” During an ESPN interview on Sunday, he accused Al Jazeera of defamation and referred to Sly as a “slapstick.”

"Disgusted is really how I feel, sickened by it. I'm trying to understand how someone can make something up about somebody, admit that he made it up and yet somehow it gets published in a story. I don't understand that,” he said. "It's completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage -- there's more adjectives I'd like to be able to use. It really makes me sick."

However, Sly told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that he isn’t a pharmacist and never worked at the Guyer Institute as a staff member. Dr. Dale Guyer reported that Sly only interned there for three months in 2013, while Indiana state licensing records show he was labeled as a pharmacy intern from April 2010 to May 2013.

The documentary also lists Green Bay Packers linebacker Mike Neal and Pittsburgh Steelers lineback James Harrison with using HGH, in addition to Neal introducing teammate Julius Peppers to Sly. Peppers slammed the claims as “completely erroneous” and “irresponsible journalism,” while Harrison declared that “you have to check your facts before writing something like that.” Packers defensive end Clay Matthews, who was accused in the documentary of using painkillers, was far less diplomatic in referring to the report as “bullshit.”

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