The one question that needed to be asked of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was essentially asked by Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. And Manning seemed to indicate that he’s willing to allow the Guyer Institute to share all relevant information with the NFL as part of the pending investigation regarding allegations that he used HGH in 2011.
“They can have whatever they want,” Manning said in response to the question.
It would take a lot more than Manning declaring to the crowd at the NFL’s Opening Night media clusterfudge that the league can have whatever it wants. Manning would have to sign the paperwork necessary to authorize the Guyer Institute to legally release the records of his treatment.
Also, because the Al Jazeera report indicated that the HGH was sent to Manning’s wife, she’d need to sign the same paperwork.
All of this assumes that any incriminating records (if there are any) still exist. But it’s a given that Peyton and Ashley Manning received treatment from the Guyer Institute. If all of a sudden a huge gap appears in the clinic’s documents, the absence will be glaring.
If Peyton won’t be playing beyond Sunday, none of this really matters. It becomes a lot more interesting if Peyton goes to work for a team and then an adverse finding is reached at a later date.
Would discipline for an infraction as a player be imposed against Manning while working as an executive? PFT previously posed that question to the league office, which deemed it to be too speculative for a response.
None of that matters until the NFL can conduct a meaningful investigation. Peyton has seemed to suggest he’ll give the NFL what it needs to do that. Time will tell whether the NFL eventually gets everything that allows a full and fair investigation to be conducted.