Peyton Manning HGH investigation will continue despite retirement

AP

Quarterback Peyton Manning’s decision to retire from the game doesn’t mean that the league will retire its current investigation regarding whether Manning obtained and used HGH in 2011.

Per a league source, the NFL’s review of the situation continues.

It’s unclear what has or hasn’t been done, because the league is treating the investigation like it treats most other investigations, with a high degree of secrecy and no transparency. But this dynamic, which wasn’t present in the highly public #Deflategate melodrama, makes Patriots fans even more suspicious that the Manning case inevitably will be brushed under the closest rug.

Even if the NFL intends to fully investigate, the league has little power to obtain evidence. With Manning now retired, he could (in theory) decline to cooperate any further. As previously explained, the league will get the smoking gun (if there is one) only if a prosecution or a lawsuit makes private documentation public — or if Manning and his wife sign a sufficiently broad authorization form that would allow the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis to give the league the documents it would need.

Absent clear evidence that the report from Al Jazeera was accurate, the league will do nothing. Even then, what would the league do? Manning is retired and beyond the reach of the PED policy.

The only potential glitch arises if he is working for a team in a non-playing capacity once the investigation ends. The league previously has declined to address whether Manning would be subject to discipline as an executive for something he did as a player.

48 responses to “Peyton Manning HGH investigation will continue despite retirement

  1. My favorite part was when he sent guys in actual trench coats over to a witness’s house to grill his parents. And people still whine about Brady’s phone, which he only tossed after specifically asking Wells if they needed anything off it. The answer was “no” in case you were wondering.

  2. The NFL may not have a choice, given the investigations by other leagues and the USADA.

    This could get interesting, get your popcorn ready

    #Integrity

  3. If Manning wants to come back later as a coach or an executive, would the NFL be able to subject him to a “lack of cooperation” allegation? Doesn’t the league have the ability to punish coaches (Belichick, Mike Tomlin) and executives (ie Irsay)? It would be interesting to see since Article 46 is a CBA power that speaks to player discipline not executives/coaches.

    Also there were other players involved, it will be interesting to see how much they are compelled to cooperate.

  4. But this dynamic, which wasn’t present in the highly public #Deflategate melodrama, makes Patriots fans even more suspicious that the Manning case inevitably will be brushed under the closest rug.
    __________________________________________

    Why is this just Pats fans? Shouldn’t all fans of football be interested in what the NFL is doing with the HGH “investigation”? Forgetting the total hypocrisy of the NFL in the way they have handled this case vs deflategate, people should know what exactly the NFL is doing. Remember….integrity, transparency, and all that!

  5. .
    The Goodell Doctrine : Skip the trial and go straight to the sentencing phase.

    Brady- Guilty
    Manning – Innocent
    .

  6. Why? It’s for all intents in purposes the equivalent of just burning money.

    Everyone know he used it, but the only people who CARE are Patriots fans.

    Stop it already. It’s not going to stick. No matter how much you want it to.

    Brady will forever be viewed by the masses as the cheating bad guy, while Manning will be universally viewed as a pillar of integrity who did it all on the up and up.

    DEAL WITH IT.

  7. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 9:47 AM

    Can Denver will a SB w/o cheating in some form?
    ———————-

    Nope. They are all tainted.

  8. I’m 100% positive this investigation will continue with the exact same voracity that it has since the news broke.

    …Yup. The exact same.

  9. Manning is retired and beyond the reach of the PED policy.

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    If his wife was getting HGH for him in her name then they most certainly would be in reach of the PED policy… the federal one not the NFL one.

    Jail time!

    🙂

  10. I know everyone is caught up in the moment, but he simple is not GOAT, so just stop with the hyperbole. GOAT doesn’t lead teams to the most one and dones in NFL history; doesn’t get blown out in a SB 43-8; doesn’t ever lead the league in INTs; play in 4 SBs and has only 3 TDs with 8 turnovers (5 INTs and 3 fumbles).

  11. To the Haters. The irrefutable facts are this. The package was addressed to Peyton’s wife, not him. Nobody knows what was in the package. Manning and his wife had been married for quite some time and had no children. Shortly after receipt of the package, Manning’s wife has twins. Do the math Jethro!

  12. Did they use “quotation” fingers when they said it… There has never been, and will never be, an actual investigation into Manning’s “alleged” HGH use by the NFL. There is more evidence that Manning used HGH than there is that Brady orchestrated a ball deflation scheme.

    Not to say there aren’t things that look bad for Brady, there are. I don’t think Brady is guilty, but I can see why people will take the evidence that exists and make the leap to guilt. But as I said, there is more compelling circumstantial evidence against Manning than Brady.

    Peyton Manning, with health insurance, decided that instead of using his health insurance to go to a fertility clinic, decided to pay out of pocket to send his wife to a shady anti aging clinic for fertility issues?

    Its a tough subject and if I had Manning’s means I would do whatever necessary to help with pregnancy. My wife and I have been going through it for 6 years, and multiple failed attempts through a fertility clinic. There is a ceiling that the insurance company will pay, but insurance (most of them) will cover the costs for treatment. We have both had tests, and surgery, and countless visits, and shots, and pills, and creams, and it sucks. But in those 6 years of trying, do you know what term has never been uttered by the fertility docs? “HGH”. Nope, in 6 failed years not one doctor has said “human growth hormone is the way to go”… Weird that Manning figured it out, but the most successful fertility clinic in the country doesn’t know

  13. The NFL is an embarrassment to fairness and integrity. Nothing will be done becasue Manning wont cooperate which is fine by the league because they don’t want to find anything.

  14. Isn’t receiving HGH without a (rare) prescription illegal?

    I think the USADA could easily go the criminal route if the accused players aren’t going to cooperate.

  15. It better.

    It’s REAL cheating, not the made up variety.

    I wondered where he went when Osweiler started vs Chicago.

    I now know. He was getting steroids.

    I just wonder if the whole Broncos team was on roids, especially Von Miller.

    They all looked to be on roids. I have never seen such a drastic difference in physical performance before.

    Look at Gomer vs KC this year when he was benched, and then vs GB off that Bye week. He looked like a million bucks out of the woodwork.

    This could uncover a cheating scandal for the ages, including the cheating of the salary cap that Elway is known for.

  16. This is comical. The NFL hates having their stars injured on the bench. It’s not good for ratings. And, yet, when they take something to hasten their recovery, the NFL is suddenly full of contrived moral indignation.

  17. I respectfully disagree with Florio on this – he’s treating it as as a lawyer would, but how many times have we heard that the NFL has that lower “more probable than not” standard?

    In this case it’s simple: Peyton, the type of stem-cell treatment you had normally involves HGH as a catalyst. Now, did you or Ashley get shipments of HGH delivered in the months before or during your neck treatment? If not then why the secrecy? And if so then can you provide some documented evidence for it being her use? Refusing to answer (or provide some paperwork) must be taken that you “more probably than not” did something against the rules. Simple.

    Given Peyton’s actions so far, to give partial answers, to send heavies to threaten his accuser, and send an all-access clean-up team to the Guyer Institute rather than sign off for the NFL to have access, all looks increasingly stinky.

  18. “Per a league source, the NFL’s review of the situation continues.”

    No doubt they are expending at least as much effort as they have expended on the exhaustive hunt for the copy of the Ray Rice video that was sent to the league office and the team’s PSI gauges from last year’s AFCCG that were last known to be in the possession of league VP James Daniel. Any hope to clear Manning’s name through a legit investigation lies with the USADA. No matter what comes out of 345 Park Ave no one with any semblance of intelligence or objectivity will believe it. That’s what happens when your commi$$ioner gets caught lying to a federal judge in a MN court room, you release an arbitration appeal decision that your own sealed but later released in court transcript shows to be based on lies and you attempt to steal more than $50M from the players by hiding over $100M in gate revenue.

  19. “Investigation”

    Yeah, right…

    How about investigating the choices of Ed Hochuli and Clete Blakeman as the refs in the AFCCC and SB! I believe Denver is 13-0 all time with those 2 clowns.

    How about investigating how a rabid Broncos fan was chosen as a replay official in the SB? The game changed right after the blown non-reversal of that catch. Ham-handed Cam fumbled on the next play and turtled after that.

    The NFL is too busy lying and trying to frame Brady for Mother Nature’s shenanigans.

    “Integrity” is dead in the NFL as long as Goodell and the former NYJ goons run things.

  20. Isn’t the USADA involved in the investigation? So even if the NFL ignore all the facts I don’t think the USADA will. Also, nice twist of facts to pretend that Manning is the only one implicated.

  21. ( . Y . ) says:
    Mar 7, 2016 10:02 AM

    My wife and I have been going through it for 6 years, and multiple failed attempts through a fertility clinic.

    ———–

    best wishes to you and your wife on having some success

  22. So one can always guess who’s article it is by the headline.

    “Manning tea bags Tennesee staffer in 1998”
    “Manning HGH investigation to continue after retirement even”
    Hey- might as well drag someone else’s QB through the mud since maybe your favorite one will get booed at every corner he turns for his transgressions.
    Does choir boy Brady have anything to worry about in his past?
    Think NFL would ever honor the late Senator Spectors reasonable request of inquiry of how Spyagte was handled? So many unanswered questions in what will go down as biggest cheating scandal in NFL history.
    2007 Roger spent 2 weeks and probably $10,000 investigating that and then destroyed more evidence in Foxboro four days after ruling on it.
    We all know he is $12 million and 15 months into NEs current scandal, which is getting old, don’t you think the balance of money and time spent are completely out of whack?
    GoodellMustGo😊 for sure. Come on Roger- take down Manning and everyone else before you get taken down/ fired.

  23. Poor NFL Network. They had that Peyton Manning A Football Life ready to air, I am sure. Queue the music please. Have the narrator with the deep voice who talks about his humble beginning and family values.

    Then, there was HGH and Sexual Assault.

    OK! Change of plans guys! Let’s get cracking on that Logan Mankins, a football life guys. Chop Chop!

  24. Who cares? Why the issue with HGH use by players that are injured?
    A player is injured, unable to play and contribute to the team. So they take HGH to speed up their recovery from injury, and get back on the field to actually earn their huge paycheck. What’s wrong with that?

  25. Here’s the difference between the Manning and Brady cases. In the Brady case there is clear and compelling evidence and proof of evidence tampering, and in the Manning case there are only accusations with no proof, at this time. His bad behavior at 19 has been settled. The fact that this reporter is so biased means nothing to either case.

  26. annapterp says: Mar 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    Who cares? Why the issue with HGH use by players that are injured?
    A player is injured, unable to play and contribute to the team. So they take HGH to speed up their recovery from injury, and get back on the field to actually earn their huge paycheck. What’s wrong with that?

    …………..

    If HGH is available to all players and is legal per the NFL and by law, then I agree with you. But the NFL does not allow it (Rodney Harrison was suspended for it in 2007) and the FDA only approves it for very narrow uses.

  27. rogerdw66 says: Mar 7, 2016 11:52 AM

    Here’s the difference between the Manning and Brady cases. In the Brady case there is clear and compelling evidence and proof of evidence tampering, and in the Manning case there are only accusations with no proof, at this time. His bad behavior at 19 has been settled. The fact that this reporter is so biased means nothing to either case.
    ………….

    Manning’s behavior in 2003 with that dumb book was pretty bad as well. And he was 27

  28. rogerdw66 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 11:52 AM

    Here’s the difference between the Manning and Brady cases. In the Brady case there is clear and compelling evidence and proof of evidence tampering, and in the Manning case there are only accusations with no proof, at this time. His bad behavior at 19 has been settled. The fact that this reporter is so biased means nothing to either case.
    ________________________________
    Here is a great example of someone who stopped paying attention a long time ago. Seems like he failed 5th grade science too. Try bouncing a basketball after it’s been out in the cold for awhile.

    The NFL admitted in court that they had no evidence against Brady. Anyone who lives north of the Mason Dixon Line realizes how absurd the whole Framegate silliness is. 3 out of the 4 Indy balls tested were below the legal limit too. Explain that. Either both teams tampered or neither team did.

    In a related story, science-denier rogerdw66 refutes the theory of gravity and calls Sir Issac Newton a liar and a cheat. Also accuses Newton of beating his dog.

  29. veddermn8 says:
    Mar 7, 2016 12:01 PM
    annapterp says: Mar 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    Who cares? Why the issue with HGH use by players that are injured?
    A player is injured, unable to play and contribute to the team. So they take HGH to speed up their recovery from injury, and get back on the field to actually earn their huge paycheck. What’s wrong with that?

    Nothing of course! They should be able to take anything they want that will help them get back or stay on the field or run faster or jump higher, you know, to help the team, not themselves.

    Roid’s for everyone!

    SMH

  30. annapterp says:
    Mar 7, 2016 11:04 AM

    Who cares? Why the issue with HGH use by players that are injured?
    A player is injured, unable to play and contribute to the team. So they take HGH to speed up their recovery from injury, and get back on the field to actually earn their huge paycheck. What’s wrong with that?
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    I LOVE this argument by the Manning supporters or fans of any player using HGH. For the love of all that is holy do some research on HGH and the side effects related to it’s use. It’s a dangerous treatment allowed by federal law, I repeat, federal LAW for 3 particular indications, none of which involve fertility issues or multiple neck surgeries. What’s wrong with professional athlete’s using HGH? Let’s start with the simple fact that unless it is prescribed for the specific use for which the law allows it’s 100% illegal at the federal level. That’s pretty important. I also am intrigued by those willing to give a pass to some and not to the guy on the street. I echo previous comments pointing out Manning was not alone in the allegations. The entire Green Bay team was mentioned so I would hope the NFL is investigating that as well. One can’t have a seizure over minor infractions of the rules and at the same time allow federal law to be broken because the suspect thinks he’s above the law simple because of his fame.

  31. rollotomasi14 says:Mar 7, 2016 10:00 AM
    I know everyone is caught up in the moment, but he simple is not GOAT, so just stop with the hyperbole. GOAT doesn’t lead teams to the most one and dones in NFL history; doesn’t get blown out in a SB 43-8; doesn’t ever lead the league in INTs; play in 4 SBs and has only 3 TDs with 8 turnovers (5 INTs and 3 fumbles).
    _________________________________________

    Wait a second…That all sounds very fact based and “provable”. This will be summarily rejected by the Trolls. They only embrace speculation, opinions and theories. Too many facts and they go into their name calling and #s mode…

  32. rogerdw66 says:

    “Here is a great example of someone who stopped paying attention a long time ago. Seems like he failed 5th grade science too. Try bouncing a basketball after it’s been out in the cold for awhile”

    **************************

    Except it wasn’t that cold during the game in question: it was raining and in the 30’s and not below freezing. And footballs are thrown and not bounced. The fact that a basketball is purposely bounced over and over might have a different impact, no?

    And why do most ignore the HGH ‘elephant in the room’?

    The story from the desperate and failed Al Jazeera network was recanted.

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