NFL is reviewing the Peyton Manning HGH allegations

AP

There’s a new reason why the story regarding allegations of HGH use by Peyton Manning in 2011 isn’t going away. The NFL, after having no comment through the day on Sunday, has decided to look into it.

“We are reviewing the matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed in an email to PFT. “Our procedure is to follow up on any information that potentially involves a violation of this nature.”

Ominous as it sounds, there’s not much the NFL can do at this point. Sure, Manning can be questioned — and he’d undoubtedly repeat his angry, emotional denial of HGH use along with his reluctance to divulge private medical information about his wife, Ashley, who reportedly received HGH that was then given to Peyton. Beyond interrogating Manning and obtaining information from the Colts regarding Peyton’s various treatment regimens while recovering from four neck surgeries, the NFL has no power to force anyone to do anything.

The league lacks the power, for example, to force the Guyer Institute to release records. The NFL can’t compel Charles Sly, who was either lying when being secretly recorded or is lying when recanting his story, to cooperate. (More on that later tonight.) The league also can’t extract information involuntarily from Ashley Manning.

There’s really only one thing the NFL can do: Wait and see whether a criminal investigation results from the allegations.

If state or federal authorities with the power to prosecute potential violations of the law generate evidence that becomes publicly available, the NFL can then use that evidence to investigate — and possibly to discipline — Manning. But with Manning currently unable to play and his intention to play hinging on someone else wanting him to play in 2016, there’s a chance this entire exercise is academic and, sooner than later, irrelevant.

Looming over the investigation is the reality that, during the 2011 lockout, all drug policies arguably went away, which means that, during the lockout, Manning and other players could have used HGH without violating NFL rules.

So it won’t be easy, it could take time, and it all will be irrelevant if Manning ultimately doesn’t play in 2016.

95 responses to “NFL is reviewing the Peyton Manning HGH allegations

  1. Suspend Manning for the rest of the season. Who cares if they have no proof theyve done it before. The leage needs to protect the “integrity “of the game

  2. As a Patriots fan and Brady die hard just leave the poor guy alone. The way he is being treated in the media is disgraceful its clearly hard on him as his desire to play on is a fire that burns in him please let the man finish his career in a dignified way whenever that may be!!!

  3. PM’s crisis manager/consultant “Ari Fleisher” can talk dogs off of meat wagons! So even thou PM can’t dodge, deflect & sidestep anymore, all he has to do is pony-up 1.5 mill. and let “Ari” take all the snaps!

  4. It’s amazing how Roger Godell said HGH is the same as 1/10 of a psi of air pressure being removed from a football and it turns out they are not equal in seriousness but only because he takes the HGH allegation less serious than the air pressure not the other way around. How fitting.

  5. The league is “looking into it”. Gee, that’s comforting. In other news the league is “looking into” it’s officiating. Look, frankly whatever was addressed to Peyton’s wife is legally off limits. Period. The high & mighty NFL can look into it all they want HPAA laws take TOTAL precedence. TOTAL.

  6. The salary cap went away during that period of time yet the NFL still punished Dallas and Washington for cap violations……precedent has been established.
    The NFL can demand communication records, emails, texts, from Manning, and team medical staffs….just like Brady.

  7. They better get their crack(ed) “Independent” investigator Snidely Whiplash AKA Ted Wells on the case immediately, before the trail goes cold. For a cool 5 Million Dollars he’ll come up with whatever “facts” the NFL wants.

    And of course those two non-pareil Indianapolis “Investigative Journalists” Doyle and Kravitz will be available to slander and trash Peyton into oblivion, producing pieces that will bring new meaning to the word hypocrisy.

    Now that the keystone cops on Park Ave are on top of things, I feel better already.

  8. Yeah, I’m sure they’re giving this the usual thorough investigation they give to all non-Patriots related allegations of cheating.

    Which is to say, they will sit on their hands for two or three days before releasing a statement saying that they have conducted an exhaustive investigation and can find no evidence of wrongdoing.

    It will be very similar to the phony “investigation” the league launched against Manning’s Colts in 2006, when both the Steelers and Patriots levied allegations that the Colts were piping fake crowd noise into their dome.

    The Patriots filed a formal complaint on Monday morning, and by 4:00PM that very same day, the league had issued a statement saying they had completed their investigation and found the Colts to be innocent.

    Notice the difference here? The Colts levy a charge against the Patriots and it triggers a $5 million, year-long investigation, complete with lawyers, scientific “expert” witnesses, and private detectives being sent to Gillette Stadium to interrogate team employees.

    Conversely, the Patriots make a charge against the Colts, and the “investigation” is wrapped up in a few hours. No lawyers. No private investigators. No audio experts sent to the RCA Dome. Nothing.

    What a freaking joke.

  9. What a joke we all know the NFL wouldn’t do a thing even if they could and they found out it was true. Peyton Manning is untouchable.

  10. The NFL is going to investigate. What a joke that is! First, they’re not going to do anything so save us the BS. Second, no one trusts the NFL or Goodell to investigate anything! Any report from the NFL/Goodell has to be double checked and triple checked and then I still wouldn’t believe it.

    Lastly, who cares about this. I don’t think these guys did it, but even if they did, who cares? You can’t prove it. You can’t do drug tests at this point. And what are you going to do, suspend Manning and Harrison. They’ll likely retire before any investigation and subsequent appeal is over. Let it go. The whole thing is stupid (especially the part of the NFL is going to investigate.)

  11. Taint-on Manning = Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, A-Rod.

    That’s quite a list of distinguished company.

    *

  12. It has long been speculated that Ashley Manning was having difficulty with fertility. One of the “off label” uses of HGH are to help with infertility.

    The fact that they had twins indicates that it’s very likely they had to try in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant… this is me just speculating but it makes sense that when a woman in her late 30’s has twins.

    If that was the case, it is very plausible that his wife had tried HGH for months, if not years prior to them actually having their children.

    I’m not saying that is what happened, but it is definitely a real possibility considering what we know… So if your wife’s medical issues are now open to public banter, then it would piss me off too… especially coming from a guy that admitted he didn’t even work there until 2013 and was only there for 3 months. Someone Peyton likely meant.

    As a Peyton fan, I’m not blindly saying he didn’t do it, but this is nothing more than a guy saying “I heard he did” and it gets published in national headlines without any real proof.

    If that is the case, I have spoken to waiters and waitresses in LA who have told me they have “heard about” celebrities that have been through their restaurants and had some stories to share… If I had secretly recorded that conversation, I suppose that would be breaking news too??

  13. It will never be irrelevant. If this is confirmed 20 years form now, it will still matter.

    Hope it’s not true, or at least that it happened during a time when rules weren’t being enforced to prevent it.

  14. Good, if helps quiet the whiners. Outside of the NFL, the use of HGH for treatment of an injury is completely legal, so he could have more easily gone to his Doctor for said treatment, as it was not specifically for building muscle mass, which isn’t legal.

    I find it amusing how some want to equate the possible use of an approved and legal medical treatment for a debilitating condition (allegedly), to the possibility of breaking the rules in order to gain unfair advantage (allegedly). A sociopath will always accuse others of doing the very thing that they are guilty of themselves. They do this to deflect the attention from themselves.

  15. Federal laws may have been broken here. This is a guy who far more probably than not based on what we know used his wife’s “prescription” for a banned substance for himself to cover his tracks.

    Ask Roger and Debbie Clemens how that turned out.

    In fact I would say it’s a good candidate for a conduct detrimental charge. What say you @nflcommish?

  16. All I remember was back in 2011 Manning went to Europe to Stem Cell treatment for his neck. As for the whole HGH thing this very strong defense and threats of lawsuits sounds like Lance Armstrong. However, The guy they used as the source claiming Peyton used HGH has already admitted it wasn’t true…

  17. The league is “looking into it” the same way they looked into Andrew Luck’s rib injury that wasn’t reported on the injury report…

  18. truthfactory says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:18 PM

    It has long been speculated that Ashley Manning was having difficulty with fertility. One of the “off label” uses of HGH are to help with infertility.
    ________________________________

    The drug shipped to Manning is one of the few drugs in this country that can’t be prescribed off-label.

    It is clearly covered starting at minute 40 of the documentary.

    Don’t listen to any excuses about fertility. It’s a blatant lie

  19. Once it comes out that Adrian Peterson used (and probably still uses) HGH in the rehab from his torn ACL will Florio quit reporting on possible HGH use like he quit reporting/making fun of really low Wonderlic scores after Austin had the lowest score ever?

  20. I’m still waiting for the league to do anything about the Colts getting caught lying on the injury report…

  21. Not a manning fan but this is ridiculous. Does anyone really believe Al Jazeera is reliable source for American sports news? Then if you really do believe this, then manning took hgh to help recover from a devastating injury not to gain competitive advantage which he certainly didn’t gain as evidenced by his recent performance.

  22. I find it amusing how some want to equate the possible use of an approved and legal medical treatment for a debilitating condition (allegedly), to the possibility of breaking the rules in order to gain unfair advantage (allegedly)
    ——————-
    And amusing that, in the case of Peyton Manning, you apparently don’t recognize that the former is the latter.

  23. greenbaychicksarefat says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:30 PM
    Side effect from HGH abuse: a big red forehead!!

    What a petty thing to say! But it’s so accurate! 😆

  24. truthfactory says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:18 PM
    It has long been speculated that Ashley Manning was having difficulty with fertility. One of the “off label” uses of HGH are to help with infertility.

    ——–

    Maybe you should change your screen name to: speculationfactory

  25. VenerableAxiom says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:30 PM

    Good, if helps quiet the whiners. Outside of the NFL, the use of HGH for treatment of an injury is completely legal, so he could have more easily gone to his Doctor for said treatment
    ________________________________
    This is completely false.

    The drug shipped to Manning is specifically designed for three types of wasting disease. Advanced HIV, advanced colon cancer involving colon removal and pituitary cancer are the only conditions under which this drug can be prescribed. The drug can’t be prescribed off-label.

    Again, this is clearly discussed in the documentary.

  26. The NFL wants him to be clean as much as they wanted Brady to be dirty. It really doesn’t make a difference what the truth is. That’s not important to the good people at Park Avenue.

  27. Few people know the real Peyton Manning is harbored safely away in a nursing home in Arkansas. The Peyton we see on the field is made entirely from cloned cells, papa johns pizza and human growth hormones. It’s true!

  28. Ahahhahaha, the integrity of the game. Does anyone remember when the NFL had integrity? Anyone at all?

    Yes, in fact I remember when it ended: some time after 5PM on January 26, 1986. That was the day The Fridge scored a touchdown in a Super Bowl and Walter Payton did not.

    Been all down hill since then, I tell you.

  29. “amaf21 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 9:20 PM
    Not a manning fan but this is ridiculous. Does anyone really believe Al Jazeera is reliable source for American sports news? Then if you really do believe this, then manning took hgh to help recover from a devastating injury not to gain competitive advantage which he certainly didn’t gain as evidenced by his recent performance.”

    This is such a poor argument, and not because AJ actually is a reputable news organization. It’s ridiculous because Sly is ON TAPE talking about these issues. It could be the National Enquirer, it would not matter. They have actual footage of this guy and they also now have information ON TAPE that Sly did work there in 2011.

  30. Come on! We all know that the NFL will never punish their “Golden Boy!” Peyton has played for the 2 dirtiest teams in NFL history! The Broncos and Colts.

    Denver: Paying millions of $ under the table above and beyond the salary cap in order to keep Elway and Davis during their 2 SB *victories. Vaseline smeared on uniforms. Teaching the offensive line illegal chop block techniques designed to injure opponents.

    Indy: Caught several times piping in phony crowd noise. Once on live TV. Seen by several teams with needles on the sidelines. They even admitted in the Wells Report to tampering with the football they intercepted in the AFCCG! Lying on their injury report. Losing games on purpose in the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. They even printed t-shirts! They began the lie known as Deflategate, which was disproven in court!

    Now his wife receives shipments of HGH.

    Again, the NFL will NEVER punish Manning!

  31. I blame those who tweet etc. for ruining, well everything really. People think it was so different 40 years ago. Only difference is, you couldn’t spew irresponsible crap to the world instantly.

    When it was fashionable to hate on the Pats it was predicted that it wouldn’t stop there, nor will it stop here.

  32. What does it say about a person when they question integrity based on a name that sounds Islamic or Arabic. Do they trust say, ESPN? NBC? Have they ever listened to AJ or do they consider it un-American?

  33. The NFL has no choice but to ‘investigate’ in some form. No doubt it will have all the impetus of what we are all sure continues to be the ongoing investigations into the whereabouts of the Ray Rice video that was sent to 345 Park Ave or the location of the Patriots PSI gauge ‘misplaced’ by NFL Director of Game Day Operations James Daniel.

  34. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Dec 28, 2015 9:28 PM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Dec 28, 2015 8:30 PM

    Good, if helps quiet the whiners. Outside of the NFL, the use of HGH for treatment of an injury is completely legal, so he could have more easily gone to his Doctor for said treatment
    ________________________________
    This is completely false.

    The drug shipped to Manning is specifically designed for three types of wasting disease. Advanced HIV, advanced colon cancer involving colon removal and pituitary cancer are the only conditions under which this drug can be prescribed. The drug can’t be prescribed off-label.

    Again, this is clearly discussed in the documentary.
    —–
    Not quite:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the Human Growth Hormone for the treatment of Human Growth Hormone deficiency in adults and in children, as well as, for certain other conditions, including renal insufficiency, HIV infection, recovery from surgery etc. Its efficacy in these cases has been well – established by research and medical studies.

    In adults, it has been advocated for use, when the Pituitary gland is not producing sufficient quantities of the natural Human Growth Hormone. If one demonstrates symptoms of AGHD or Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency, then, physician – guided HGH therapy is approved and allowed for use in the United States.

    Perhaps the guidelines differ in Qatar.

  35. Al Jazeera has released a video recording of its phone call to the Guyer Institute, where an employee there confirms Sly’s employment there in 2011. Says he started in October 2011.

  36. For the record I believe every pro athlete in every pro sport would use what ever necessary recover from an injury bar none.
    Just to set the record straight .
    Brady denied under the penalty of perjury in both the NFL hearings as well in an actual court room he did anything wrong .But yet we are to believe Manning’s self serving statement at face value .
    If psi is equal to PEDs than a full $5 million dollar investigation is mandatory .The report should be a hatched job and Manning should be suspended for at least 4 games .Let him take it to court in the off season and prove that he is innocent.
    The team that is dumb enough to give him his next 15 mil should have to wait until the week before the season starts to see if he will be their starter .

  37. You’re busted Peyton. This isn’t Fox News chump. This is Al Jezerra the most respected non biased news agency in the world. You better come clean because they have a ton of money. They are not scared of you or that moron Roger Goodell!

  38. footballfungi says:
    Dec 28, 2015 9:59 PM

    Al Jazeera has released a video recording of its phone call to the Guyer Institute, where an employee there confirms Sly’s employment there in 2011. Says he started in October 2011.
    —–
    Well then fungus, if Al Jazeera puts up a video of a call it must be indisputable…

    “Al Jazeera Retracts Story Suggesting ISIS Videos Of Foley, Sotloff beheadings Were Staged”
    –Huntington Post

  39. When I saw this headline, I had hoped that the NFL was going to investigate the person who made the false claim so that they could defend the NFL player with the utmost integrity from being defamed by someone who thought they could get paid for a slanderous story. It is ridiculous for anyone to think that Peyton Manning would resort to using a known banned substance. That is not Peyton Manning, and anyone who has been paying attention to how Manning conducts himself would not need to do an investigation. It’s obvious, he isn’t capable of doing something like that. The person has already said that it was made up. Why investigate Manning, why not prosecute the person committing slander? You know, use logic!

  40. The NFL doesn’t need concrete proof in their mind anyway so all they need to do is ask a bunch of questions that no one can answer and drop the hammer.

  41. VenerableAxiom says:
    Dec 28, 2015 10:47 PM

    Well then fungus, if Al Jazeera puts up a video of a call it must be indisputable…

    “Al Jazeera Retracts Story Suggesting ISIS Videos Of Foley, Sotloff beheadings Were Staged”
    –Huntington Post
    ——
    Did you watch the video of the phone call, or are you only able to attack the source (every news outlet has retracted stories before, by the way)? The video clearly shows the reporter calling someone named Heather at The Guyer Institute and her saying that Sly worked there starting Oct. 17, 2011. According to LinkedIn, there is a Heather Scherer who works as the director of patient services at The Guyer Institute.

  42. Bob Kravitz also wrote a column saying he received HGH treatments from The Guyer Institute.

    So now we know for sure that Manning received treatments from a clinic that has distributed HGH to patients.

  43. Thomas “Winston Churchill” Brady refused to cower and still stands resolute with head-held-high against a continuing corrupt regime. He will never surrender to a perverted pursuit of parity.

    Meanwhile, ol’ Peyton Manning – leaving Tom to face tyranny alone – signed a non-aggression pact believing it would prevent a knock on his door; and therefore allow him time to continue cultivating a false sports-media facade of his image completely opposite to his selfish ambitions. Now suddenly the Hun is at his gate and he desperately needs Tom W.C. Brady’s help.

    The question is: Does ol’ Peyton have a Stalingrad in him.

  44. Looks like the Feds will be looking/intervening into this issue and it will be out of the hands of the NFL related to illegally prescribed drugs sent through the mail and not to mention illegal substance that was given AND stored as evidence by Al Jazeera (fingerprints, receipts, mailman testimony). Look this Sly kid made a million statements admitting factoids that establish time/place and contact. Any logical person can follow the money, the paper and his cell phone GPS to corroborate. Heck I knew he was licensed intern in IN from 2010 just by looking him up online on the Indiana Professional licensing website. Mrs. Manning for sure is cooked as well as the others (Guyer and possibly Peyton), hate to say it but get ready for a mass spotlight on the wide use of ILLEGAL hormones in professional sports sent to athletes by “professional” drug dealers and smugglers.

  45. this investigation will be a joke, closed in a matter of days. if he had 4 rings and could be used to boost Goodell’s image, it may be worth the NFL looking into

  46. That intern, Charles Sly, also spoke with Chris Mortensen of ESPN to explain why he made the entire story up.

    First of all, Sly reiterated to Mortensen that he manufactured the entire story and confirmed that he was only employed at the clinic in 2013, two years after Manning was a patient.
    ————
    Uhh Ohhh! Some people are going to look real stupid!

  47. nflexecutivesconstantlylie says:
    Dec 28, 2015 10:33 PM

    Perhaps the guidelines differ in Qatar.
    _____________________________

    The documentary uses an American physician. You should watch it.
    ————
    Charles Sly told Chris Mortensen he made the whole thing up. Perhaps you should not put so much faith in Al Jazeera to portray the truth.

  48. I could not care less if pro athletes use HGH. Football is a physically violent sport and their bodies and brains pay the price. And like it or not we want to see these athletes play at the highest level. If HGH helps them to recover I say let them take it.

  49. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

    These are allegations mentioned by one single person who was secretly recorded. For all we know, he was just attempting to say something controversial and therefore interesting.

    I don’t see why the doctor that Manning was paying for his services wouldn’t treat Manning’s wife. Surely if he is qualified to treat a millionaire sports star, then he is equally qualified to treat a non sports star. I don’t see why Manning’s wife’s medical records have anything to do with the NFL or anyone else.

    Ultimately, if during the lockout there was in effect no CBA in active, then the NFL have no right to investigate any allegation of substance abuse, unless that abuse continued beyond the point when the new CBA started.

    I’m a Vikings fan who doesn’t particularly have any vested interest in the Colts, Broncos, or Manning, and I don’t believe that Manning took any unauthorised medication that would violate the previous or current CBA.

  50. pftjunkie says:
    Dec 28, 2015 11:00 PM
    When I saw this headline, I had hoped that the NFL was going to investigate the person who made the false claim so that they could defend the NFL player with the utmost integrity from being defamed by someone who thought they could get paid for a slanderous story. It is ridiculous for anyone to think that Peyton Manning would resort to using a known banned substance. That is not Peyton Manning, and anyone who has been paying attention to how Manning conducts himself would not need to do an investigation. It’s obvious, he isn’t capable of doing something like that. The person has already said that it was made up. Why investigate Manning, why not prosecute the person committing slander? You know, use logic!

    Where were you when Brady was getting roached?

  51. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Dec 28, 2015 9:59 PM
    If there’s one guy who’s done HGH it’s gotta be Tom Brady. Dude puts all kinds of freaky stuff in his body to gain some health edge. Just look at the size of his head.


    you need glasses.

  52. Is it possible that someone with Peyton’s millions could be paying off Sly to recant? What do we REALLY know about Peyton aside from him being funny in commercials and pitches fits just like TB when he overthrows a receiver?

    But before we hang him, a little more investigation and some proof please. I have no idea what he did or didn’t do and will not judge by his reaction as was the case with crybaby Brunelle or the overhyped Bettis. Watching the ESPNers turn themselves inside out to have Peyton’s back is kinda hilarious considering their postures over the last 12 months. I imagine many wish they had waited a bit before lighting their torches. This does not apply to the army of the twelve monkeys (you know who you are 🙂 who are fine spewing bad intel and plain old lies to suit their jealous narrative.
    There’s plenty of crow to go around folks, don’t be shy, dig in.

  53. stevegrogannakedbootleg says:
    Dec 28, 2015 9:23 PM
    If he retires, guilty.
    Blood tests suppressed by the league revealed abnormal chicken parm and Papa John levels.
    —————————————

    You mean if the QB who by the time the next league year comes around will be 40 and hasn’t been injury free since maybe late last season…and has gone through multiple neck operations….yeah. It would be a real shock.

  54. thefatlazygamer says:
    Dec 28, 2015 7:59 PM
    What about Clay Mathews or is that getting swept under the rug?
    —————–
    You forgot Mike Neal and Julius Peppers. If Peyton is investigated, they all should be. Furthermore, if Al Jazeera is lying like all these athletes have proclaimed why wouldn’t they all be suing for defamation to save their reputations? The win in court would be a slam dunk. Right? As for me the changes in Claitlin’s appearance over the last couple years scream “steroids”.

  55. Sly reiterated to Mortensen that he manufactured the entire story and confirmed that he was only employed at the clinic in 2013

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Unfortunately for Sly and for “Scoop” Mortensen, Al Jazeera recorded their phone call to the Guyer Clinic where they called to verify his dates of employment.

    The clinic confirmed that Sly was employed from late 2011 to early 2012.

    Nice try.

  56. Florio: There’s really only one thing the NFL can do: Wait and see whether a criminal investigation results from the allegations. If state or federal authorities…generate evidence that becomes publicly available, the NFL can then use that evidence to investigate – and possibly to discipline -Manning.
    ———————
    Yeah, or they could do just like they did over PSI:Boston – launch a sting, release false data when sting doesn’t work, then spend $5M and rising on a year of casting false aspersions and employing fixers to fudge or massage facts and data, deny a fair appeal process, alter fixers’ reports because they weren’t sufficiently damming, lose in court -and then repeat original trumped up charges.

    An investigation would be easy – if Peyton cannot provide the Commissioner with a valid reason for Ashley getting HGH – if it was while he was getting treatment – then it’s “more probable than not” that the integrity of the game has been violated.

  57. 1. Recanting something that you thought you said in private doesn’t work, just ask Mitt Romney.

    2. For those of you who don’t know, Al Jazeera news is not Al Qaeda.. Two fairly different organizations.

    3. If Ashley Manning was receiving this for a medical condition why would she get it from the Guyer Institute? HGH is for serious problems, I’m guessing that the Manning’s could afford a real hospital with the best doctors.

    4. Why is it so crazy to think that a sports star with a serious neck injury wouldn’t use HGH when supposedly half of the league uses it.

    5. If a text using the word “Deflator” equals “more probable than not” then I would say that Peyton has some real problems about now, queue Ted Wells.

    6. Chris Mortensen looks like even more of a dope now, didn’t think that was possible.

    I have always like Peyton and hope for his sake that this blows over but the league has dug itself into a big hole. If they are going to expend the energy to crush Tom Brady they can’t possibly turn their back on this.

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