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Report: Peyton Manning won’t sue Al Jazeera

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Peyton Manning has plenty of decisions to make, now that he has retired. One of the first decisions he made was a smart one.

Christine Brennan of USA Today reports that Manning won’t be suing Al Jazeera over the report that HGH was delivered to Manning’s wife in 2011, while Manning was dealing with chronic neck problems. Per Brennan, the decision came “after a dozen conference calls with attorneys” prompted Manning to conclude “that he doesn’t want to spend the time and money necessary to file a lawsuit that would make public the personal records and private lives of both he and his wife Ashley.”

That’s precisely what a defamation case would do, especially since truth is the ultimate defense to a claim of libel or slander. A lawsuit would give Al Jazeera license to demand the production of all medical records reflecting treatment received by Peyton or Ashley Manning at the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis, and anywhere else.

Brennan also explains that Manning is watching closely defamation lawsuits filed by baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard against Al Jazeera arising from the same documentary. If/when those cases are dismissed, Manning will know that his case would have been dismissed, too.

Frankly, dismissal would have been the least of Peyton Manning’s problems. If the medical records suggest that Ashley Manning did indeed receive HGH for use by Peyton, that information could then be used by the NFL as part of its own investigation that according to Brennan remains stuck in neutral, five months after the report came to light. With Manning possibly aspiring to run an NFL team in the future, its possible that he’d be disciplined as an executive for violations occurring as a player.

Without litigation or some other court proceeding that will bring the information to light, the NFL has no way of obtaining the documents. Unless, of course, Peyton and Ashley Manning execute the appropriate legal documents authorizing the Guyer Institute to provide that information.

At one point, Peyton Manning suggested that he’d allow the NFL to examine that information. He may have a different feeling on that issue, now that his playing career is over.

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159 Responses to “Report: Peyton Manning won’t sue Al Jazeera”
  1. sportzfan says: May 25, 2016 10:48 PM

    Of course he won’t. Because all the accusations/facts in the articles are true.

  2. bradyakagod says: May 25, 2016 10:56 PM

    Could you imagine if Brady was accused of having HGH sent to his wife? Then imagine if the patriots were caught pumping artificial noise into thier stadium like the Falcons did? Then imagine if Belichick tried to trip a player like Mike Tomlin did? Then imagine… You get the point. Double standard? you bet. Total jealousy? for sure. Will your team beat the pats this season? nope.

  3. cribbage12 says: May 25, 2016 10:57 PM

    We know it’s offseason. He’s retired. Enough about Peyton.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: May 25, 2016 11:01 PM

    Guilty as charged!

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 25, 2016 11:02 PM

    Peyton could submit that photo as clear and irrevocable proof that he doesn’t use steroids.

  6. skooter519 says: May 25, 2016 11:04 PM

    Good plan Peyton, We would hate to see the truth come out.

  7. thepinknegro says: May 25, 2016 11:05 PM

    Move on. The Manning’s ordered the drugs. Did Peyton use them? No clue. It certainly did not improve his on field performance. Did his wife use them? After years of trying t o get pregnant, she suddenly had twins. Draw your conclusions and try to focus on your life!

  8. insightfulcomments says: May 25, 2016 11:09 PM

    Somebody tell me how the Patriots are the victims here, please. In 3, 2, 1 …

  9. jrossizzle says: May 25, 2016 11:18 PM

    That and Al Jazeera went bust like all of Al Gore’s theories.

  10. davejsepdx says: May 25, 2016 11:21 PM

    Basically we’re going to collectively agree to slowly forget that this story ever existed.

  11. swineflooo says: May 25, 2016 11:21 PM

    Of course not, hes as guilty as sin

  12. squared80 says: May 25, 2016 11:28 PM

    Report: Nobody cares.

  13. ibelievebrady says: May 25, 2016 11:32 PM

    Not sure what I’m more sick of. The b.s. from this guy or the b.s. from the Clintons?

  14. mackcarrington says: May 25, 2016 11:34 PM

    He was just blowing smoke to begin with. He knew he had no case. He knew Al Jazeera didn’t lie, libel or slander him. He also knew he didn’t really want anyone to know he used his wife to get HGH sent to him. This guy is such a self-righteous phony.

  15. trina16 says: May 25, 2016 11:35 PM

    We knew he wouldn’t do it. Too much to loose and with the media attention it got? People had almost forgotten about it. Almost.

  16. vikingf0rlife says: May 25, 2016 11:38 PM

    Why would he, who really cares what that joke source says. Peyton is and always will be a legend in America and the NFL.

  17. iseek11 says: May 25, 2016 11:47 PM

    You can say anything you want about anybody because it’s way too much trouble and expense for anyone to defend themselves. It’s been true since Joe Namath sued. The media knows it and that’s why ait will happen again and again.

  18. philyeagles5 says: May 25, 2016 11:50 PM

    who cares they all do it

  19. snowdood163 says: May 25, 2016 11:57 PM

    And here come the trolls to dump dirt on one of the best to ever suit up in the nfl.

  20. ihatestupidpeople says: May 25, 2016 11:59 PM

    Wow, I’m no Manning hater and respect what he’s done, but if this was Tom Brady it would be a headline on every major news network. “Tom Brady chooses no legal recourse because his medical records at Guyer Institure would become public!”

  21. realitylooms says: May 26, 2016 12:01 AM

    Manning, the NFL, Peyton’s fanboi nation, the Colts, and the Broncos want this to go away and they are doing everything they possibly can to make that happen. It is fact that HGH was mailed to Manning’s house under his wife’s name. There is no doubt that Manning was taking HGH, but it will get swept under the rug.

  22. rhamrhoddy says: May 26, 2016 12:03 AM

    I zoomed into the photo a bit, then a bit more, then a bit more etc…Guess what part of his head eventually filled my iPhone?

    Heh anyway, guilty or not, it’s the same as his buddy Brady. The fanboys defend their guys and the haters pile on. Not much will ever change that.

  23. blue18hutthutt says: May 26, 2016 12:07 AM

    Cue the scum sucking Pats fans in 3 ..2 ..1

  24. manipuraram says: May 26, 2016 12:11 AM

    Oh yeah cause everybody has four neck surgeries in their late 30’s then has the greatest season in NFL history. Block head used HGH and when it came out he stopped and was the worst qb in the NFL. He was probably juicing his whole underachieving big game choking career.

  25. folkcrusader says: May 26, 2016 12:14 AM

    In other words, HGH was mailed to his house and there is no other way to spin it.

  26. rohinaz says: May 26, 2016 12:14 AM

    Why respond to a fake new source like all Jazeera? Didn’t the give up on entering the US market since no one took them serious

  27. einherjer00 says: May 26, 2016 12:25 AM

    Not to mention libel laws have provisions that force public figures to demonstrate malicious intent, as well as intentional falsehood. It’s a free pass for the media to get away with any lies they want, should be changed!

  28. skunkb3ar says: May 26, 2016 12:31 AM

    So he admits guilt! That’s how that works right, haters?

  29. dogfool says: May 26, 2016 12:36 AM

    It’s more likely than not that he was using HGH !

  30. nothingman says: May 26, 2016 12:52 AM

    I heard he retired

  31. megnailsit says: May 26, 2016 12:53 AM

    Well…We’re waiting. At least attach a Doyel/Kravitz article if you’re not gonna attempt a defense.

  32. delebar says: May 26, 2016 1:02 AM

    Here’s a fact. Lots of rich/connected women take hgh. It’s basically viewed by many, many doctors as a miracle drug.

  33. nightryder10 says: May 26, 2016 1:04 AM

    What’s worse? Allegations of HGH use or allegations of deflating balls?
    Does anyone really care about either one?

  34. bosoxpatsfanincali12 says: May 26, 2016 1:09 AM

    Where are all the “cheater” comments?

    The difference in how peyton is treated by the nfl and in turn the sheep swayed by media headlines vs tom brady is mind boggling

  35. gofor2with3pointlead says: May 26, 2016 1:10 AM

    Oh jeez, here come the NE homers.

  36. red2616 says: May 26, 2016 1:21 AM

    He doesn’t want an * by his name either. If he wasn’t guilty, he’d sue.

  37. gronkgronkgronk says: May 26, 2016 1:25 AM

    Innocent men always accept being slandered…

  38. trevor123698 says: May 26, 2016 1:46 AM

    So, in other words, they were right. If they weren’t, then he would sue. #PeytonRoidmanning

  39. mascadcar says: May 26, 2016 1:47 AM

    Cheater

  40. senatorblutarsky says: May 26, 2016 2:10 AM

    You can’t sue someone for reporting the truth.

  41. theheyseed says: May 26, 2016 2:12 AM

    Four and a half years till he is in the HOF

  42. bigwinintx says: May 26, 2016 2:38 AM

    Sometimes it is best just to take your lumps…
    The more you rant and rave, the more people will begin to dig into why you’re ranting and raving.

    Take a note, Brady…

  43. ranlgon says: May 26, 2016 3:07 AM

    Lack of evidence didn’t stop Goodell going after the Patriots and Brady. If HGH got shipped to Gisele, you know Goodell would be frothing at the mouth to go after Brady and the Patriots.

  44. spotsdad says: May 26, 2016 3:52 AM

    The guilty give up, the innocent fight on! FREE BRADY!

  45. joetoronto says: May 26, 2016 4:57 AM

    He’s a big phoney who fooled the masses with the help of the NFL spin machine.

    That’s what he is.

  46. insider7 says: May 26, 2016 5:14 AM

    Of course Manning won’t sue because he knows that he and his inner (non-lawyer) circle would all be deposed and many dirty secrets would come tumbling out during those day-long cross examinations, possibly giving rise to much more damaging information. This dog won’t bite.

  47. IbelieveinSantaClaus says: May 26, 2016 5:20 AM

    why sue if you know you’ll lose? that being said, leave the man alone. brady too.

  48. publikwerks says: May 26, 2016 5:48 AM

    He’s not filing a lawsuit because he doesn’t have a case because it was true.

  49. fwippel says: May 26, 2016 5:58 AM

    Manning has it on good authority that next year, President Trump is going to quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS and Al Jazeera.

  50. TheBrownsareClowns says: May 26, 2016 6:03 AM

    Another Shocker.

    Typical PR 101, I didnt do it I didnt do them, I’ll sue them for everything they are worth.

    Oops I better not sue because Im guilty.

  51. sufferingbirdsfan says: May 26, 2016 6:05 AM

    Smart move. You’re busted. Take your lumps and let it fade away. See how it’s done, Tom?

  52. Rolo Tomassi says: May 26, 2016 6:12 AM

    Ayyy fuuuny
    I bet Ari Fleisher makka him no sue
    ah haha

  53. ricko1112 says: May 26, 2016 6:38 AM

    It’s a sad day when Al Jazeera has more credibility than the NFL league office.

  54. trainwrecksryan says: May 26, 2016 6:41 AM

    Guilt confirmed.

  55. kgun80 says: May 26, 2016 6:48 AM

    Can’t sue someone for libel when they are telling the truth. just stop Pats/ Brady fan boys! The Pats are being punished now for the repeated sins of the past. If Roger wasn’t in Krafts pocket initially and let them feel the pain for spygate this would have been a non-issue.
    And again why destroy your phone if you are innocent?!

  56. weepingjebus says: May 26, 2016 7:05 AM

    “As your lawyer, I must advise you that filing a suit will open you and your wife up to extensive discovery.”
    “Ok.”
    “Also, your comically oversized head, hands, and feet are classic indications of HGH abuse, to say nothing of your otherwise impossible recovery from 4 neck surgeries and nerve damage in your late 30s, which only lasted until this story broke and halted your wife’s treatments, at which point your body fell apart.”
    “…right.”

  57. raidernation210 says: May 26, 2016 7:08 AM

    when I see a positive test result I will believe he took HGH. Unless he “destroys” the sample, just like some other guilty QB destroyed other evidence.

  58. kamala1962 says: May 26, 2016 7:17 AM

    Guilty. Cheater. Liar.

  59. mmack66 says: May 26, 2016 7:20 AM

    rohinaz says:
    May 26, 2016 12:14 AM

    Why respond to a fake new source like all Jazeera? Didn’t the give up on entering the US market since no one took them serious
    ——————————-

    A fake news source? Like FOX News?

    Al Jazeera is still here.

  60. bushwoodcc says: May 26, 2016 7:21 AM

    The discovery portion of a defamation case is not Peyton’s friend.

    This biggest reason for him not to file one is the possibility that it doesn’t get dismissed.

  61. greenlargo says: May 26, 2016 7:25 AM

    insightfulcomments says:
    May 25, 2016 11:09 PM
    Somebody tell me how the Patriots are the victims here, please. In 3, 2, 1 …

    ————————–
    I give up, what does this have to do with the Pat’s? Manning played for the Colts and Broncos.

  62. greenlargo says: May 26, 2016 7:28 AM

    blue18hutthutt says:
    May 26, 2016 12:07 AM
    Cue the scum sucking Pats fans in 3 ..2 ..1

    ——————————————–

    Manning played for the Colts and Broncos. Why are you trying to bait Pat’s fans here? (They have their own articles go over there and do this stuff)

  63. greenlargo says: May 26, 2016 7:32 AM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    May 26, 2016 1:10 AM
    Oh jeez, here come the NE homers.

    —————————————————

    I don’t think you are aware Manning never played for NE. In fact he was at times a source of torment to them. But they might still speak up for him you are right. NE tends to be respectful toward those that actually won against them. (As they should be because beating NE is one heck of an acvomplishment)

  64. greenlargo says: May 26, 2016 7:38 AM

    joetoronto says:
    May 26, 2016 4:57 AM
    He’s a big phoney who fooled the masses with the help of the NFL spin machine.

    That’s what he is.

    ————————————————-

    You mean all that great QB play I saw was staged? Wow, they sure fooled me then. Now I understand why Bill Belichick went for it on fourth down when the ball was on their side of the field. He wanted to set up Manning to look good torching the Patriots for that winning TD. I had always thought that was Belichick making a stupid mistake but now I understand it was all a big plot to fool the masses into thinking Manning was any good.

  65. mikeytoth says: May 26, 2016 7:44 AM

    So since Peyton isn’t suing he’s guilty. Since Brady is fighting i take it he is innocent of any wrongdoing. See, that wasn’t so hard.

  66. streetyson says: May 26, 2016 7:46 AM

    There’s two main aspects to this:

    1) He’s not helped his case by giving partial answers, then saying the NFL could have full access but actually not giving it and instead sending his own team to clean up at Guyer, and sending his own heavies to threaten Sly’s elderly parents enough for them to call the police. And now he won’t sue, despite all his resources.

    2) The NFL doesn’t need full disclosure or Peyton’s signature etc for it’s “more probable than not” level of proof, they just need to ask: “Peyton, are the claims true and if not can you categorically say so and provide at least a doctor’s letter, or just their phone number, or get Ashley to sign a declaration? – do something, anything, to demonstrate it was for her? – otherwise you probably broke a rule.”

    It’s becoming clearer, from point 1, that he probably took HGH. And from their lack of applying their low-standard of “proof” it’s crystal clear that the NFL just wants it all to go away.

  67. 345snarkavenue says: May 26, 2016 7:48 AM

    Frankly, dismissal would have been the least of Peyton Manning’s problems. If the medical records suggest that Ashley Manning did indeed receive HGH for use by Peyton, that information could then be used by the NFL as part of its own investigation that according to Brennan remains stuck in neutral, five months after the report came to light
    ————

    stuck in neutral? it never was shifted from park.

    those conference calls with attorneys probably included Pash and Gardi. I can hear the conversation: look Peyton, you’re on your own on this one, we’ve done all we can. right now we need to keep our attention on covering our own butts. There’s a lot happening right now, just try to fly under the radar. With the Brady case and the CTE issue, it should be easy to do.

  68. bonitalocal says: May 26, 2016 7:49 AM

    ….and O.J. Simpson will not sue the State Of California.

  69. dynastyposeiden says: May 26, 2016 7:56 AM

    when barry bonds broke all time records in his late 30’s there was a reason …. when peyton manning broke all time records in his late 30’s there was also a reason .

  70. kneedragr says: May 26, 2016 8:00 AM

    The guy went up 2 helmet sizes in 1 season, yet he claims his wife was the one doing all the GH sent to his house!

  71. happster says: May 26, 2016 8:03 AM

    Of course he won’t, because then attorneys can use their subpoena powers to document that he is lying.

  72. collinsj2015 says: May 26, 2016 8:04 AM

    sufferingbirdsfan says:
    May 26, 2016 6:05 AM
    Smart move. You’re busted. Take your lumps and let it fade away. See how it’s done, Tom?

    Take your lumps? What lumps? Zero penalty. An indifferent media. If he’d been slapped with a suspension for one quarter of the season, and his team with a first round draft pick, then we’d have a comparison.

  73. quickbooks12 says: May 26, 2016 8:05 AM

    joetoronto says:
    May 26, 2016 4:57 AM
    He’s a big phoney who fooled the masses with the help of the NFL spin machine.

    That’s what he is.
    _________
    That right there

  74. collinsj2015 says: May 26, 2016 8:08 AM

    If Ashley Manning had a legitimate reason for HGH, there would be no chance whatsoever she would be getting it shipped to her home by the dubious “Geyer Institute”. They’d have a legit doctor give it to her, one willing to vouch for them. I can’t imagine what the NFL would do to Brady if his wife were the conduit for PEDs like this.

    But Brady is the cheater, etc. etc. Pathetic.

  75. blessedunliketherest says: May 26, 2016 8:10 AM

    I love how the NFL investigation is stuck in “neutral”. That is the most laughable part of this article. Can’t they just have Exponet/Wells fabricate some shipping and medical records? I mean, they were able to fabricate “evidence” and still couldn’t prove Brady was guilty of anything, however here we are.

  76. guitarkevin says: May 26, 2016 8:48 AM

    The difference between Peyton and Brady?

    Everyone loves Peyton. Brady is a !@#$%BAG

  77. peytonwantsaflag says: May 26, 2016 8:50 AM

    There’s more proof that Peyton used HGH than there is Brady deflated footballs. The NFL orchestrated and got the story they wanted last year.

  78. getyourownname says: May 26, 2016 8:54 AM

    There’s also the possibility he doesn’t want to spend $$$ on legal fees and then have no ability to collect anything since Al Jazeera closed down its US operations and likely has few assets, over an issue few people think about any more.

    Good lawyers advise clients not to waste their money pursuing lawsuits that get you nowhere even if you win.

  79. evilhoodyshoody says: May 26, 2016 8:58 AM

    sufferingbirdsfan says:
    May 26, 2016 6:05 AM
    Smart move. You’re busted. Take your lumps and let it fade away. See how it’s done, Tom?
    ———
    “let it fade away”…Difference is the media basically ignored this story, ESPN actually told their reporters not to touch it. So yeah, he is smart to just let it be since nobody seems to care anyway.

    Also like the bashing of Al Jazeera by the same ones that believe “un named sources” when it comes to another team

  80. infectorman says: May 26, 2016 8:58 AM

    Why would he sue? There no chance he would win because it’s all 100% true.

    Manning*
    Broncos*

  81. routerunner says: May 26, 2016 9:07 AM

    Brady fights his accuses in court because he is guilty. Manning accepts being slandered for cheating and does nothing, but is innocent. Right Gomer fans/Patriots haters?

  82. shadywarrior says: May 26, 2016 9:07 AM

    Yeah, of course he’s not guilty in any of this. The whole thing was made up. Well, except for the part about Taylor Teagarden from the Mets, who was also mentioned in the scandal and was suspended for 80 games by MLB…but the Peyton stuff never happened. Don’t think so much and have a slice of Papa’s pizza, guys. A couple goons will be by your house with it shortly.

  83. nepatriot1 says: May 26, 2016 9:11 AM

    Manning is such a pathetic figure he’s drawn the sympathy of the masses. Way overhyped choker. Two Super Bowls to his credit that were won by Vinatieri and by a juiced to the gills Broncos defense. Both in spite of Manning. Now we find out he’s a total fraud.

  84. routerunner says: May 26, 2016 9:11 AM

    I’m working on a book tentatively titled “The Peyton Manning Path to Success”. Right now I have five chapters outlined. Anyone have suggestions?

    1. Born with a silver spoon.
    2. Accepting accolades from fans and media
    3. Product shilling and brand whoring 101
    4. How to cheat for 20 years and have no one care
    5. Cut and run: Retiring as the charade is ending.

  85. brwmstr says: May 26, 2016 9:12 AM

    does the phrase “more probable than not” not apply here…..

  86. GhostPepper says: May 26, 2016 9:13 AM

    Al Jazeera America folded up. There’s little chamce the lawsuit pays for itself. Especially since it hasn’t impacyed his ability to secure endorsements.

  87. goodellMustGo says: May 26, 2016 9:17 AM

    Anyone with a brain knows that the HGH wasn’t for Ashley’s use.

    Anyone with a brain knows that if it was really for fertility use, these drugs would come from her ob/gyn not from a shady provider with connections to BALCO.

    Guilty. No question about it.

  88. gem says: May 26, 2016 9:18 AM

    Al Jazeera has ceased its American operations, he would have to sue in Qatar, where American legal concepts re. do not exist.

  89. gysot says: May 26, 2016 9:23 AM

    If there is ever an NFL investigation into this two things are facts.
    1. There will not be texts found between Peyton and an individual known as “The Injector”
    2. Peyton will not be destroying cell phones on his way to a hearing.

    Facts.

  90. goodellMustGo says: May 26, 2016 9:28 AM

    The difference between Peyton and Brady?


    Brady is the GOAT, Peyton is not. 🙂 Oh and Peyton is also a PED cheat.

  91. atthemurph says: May 26, 2016 9:41 AM

    Peyton should have used the muscle building steroids and not the forehead building ones.

  92. jackedupboonie says: May 26, 2016 9:46 AM

    Wow, I’m proud of him. This just shows what a kind and forgiving man he is. Tommy better add him to his list of experts come trial time.

  93. revren10 says: May 26, 2016 9:48 AM

    gysot says:
    May 26, 2016 9:23 AM

    If there is ever an NFL investigation into this two things are facts.
    1. There will not be texts found between Peyton and an individual known as “The Injector”
    2. Peyton will not be destroying cell phones on his way to a hearing.

    Facts.

    Facts their will never be an investigation since Peyton retired and fact he won’t sue because it would bring out all communications showing he’s guilty

  94. veddermn8 says: May 26, 2016 9:51 AM

    Defamation suit threats are usually just that, threats. Everyone who knows that the personal records involved in this type of suit become public saw this a mile away.

  95. jmdanieli says: May 26, 2016 9:53 AM

    gysot says:
    May 26, 2016 9:23 AM

    If there is ever an NFL investigation into this two things are facts.
    1. There will not be texts found between Peyton and an individual known as “The Injector”
    2. Peyton will not be destroying cell phones on his way to a hearing.

    Facts.
    ==================================
    Fact: there are NO texts from “Bird” ( that is his nickname to Tom), NONE.
    Fact: Wells already told Tom he did not need the phone “keep it”.
    Fact: per the CBA the NFL was not entitled to it.
    Fact:Maybe you should read more than just headlines.

  96. ourbonesaredriedup says: May 26, 2016 10:10 AM

    It’s not as easy to bully Al Jazeera as it is female college staff. I’m guessing Archie’s old boys network doesn’t stretch as far as Al Jazeera. There’s talk about Briles enabling football players to keep playing after rape allegations but the NFL and media outlets are just as bad, they won’t investigate one of the good ole boys, Manning. The HGH investigation will be a white wash, and then they’ll have a pizza and a bud to wash it down with, followed by lots of back slapping.

  97. goodellMustGo says: May 26, 2016 10:17 AM

    otherwise you probably broke a rule.”


    Not just an NFL rule…. a bunch of federal laws too around the use of prescription drugs without a valid prescription.

    PEDton is wise to let this go.

  98. sheridanbman says: May 26, 2016 10:19 AM

    Give up your phone Peyton!

  99. leatherhelmets says: May 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    Peyton is almost as convincing as Rafi Palmiero.

  100. superpatriotsfan says: May 26, 2016 10:30 AM

    Look at all of the anti Peyton Manning comments coming from Pats fans. Peyton is 3-1 against Brady in the AFCC.

  101. whispersd says: May 26, 2016 10:33 AM

    The fact that Al Jazeera America closed up shop is a bigger gift to Manning than any win he might have gotten from a defamation lawsuit. Also, a lawsuit would have the “Streisand effect” of keeping the story in the news when his real goal is to get people to forget about the story.

  102. silvernblacksabbath says: May 26, 2016 10:35 AM

    Of course he’s guilty.. And I’d be willing to bet Brady gets all of his PEDs through his wife and her people..

  103. imodan says: May 26, 2016 10:36 AM

    Of course he won’t. They’d skewer him in open court.

  104. cbass59 says: May 26, 2016 10:37 AM

    I hope he promotes bad beer and horrible pizza in his next interview.

  105. brianjoates says: May 26, 2016 10:41 AM

    Yeah, let the league office into any part of your personal life…sure they can be trusted.

  106. silvernblacksabbath says: May 26, 2016 10:42 AM

    I believe Deflategate is a manufactured story by the NFL and that Tom Brady is in on it…

    I believe the Patriots 1st Round pick that was taken away in this year was more punishment due from the Spygate era and that the Pats and NFL made this deal.. So the Deflategate stuff is totally made up!

    Brady will NOT be suspended at all!

    P.S. Who would call someone the deflator in text messages??? come on!

  107. nhpats says: May 26, 2016 10:43 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    May 26, 2016 10:30 AM
    Look at all of the anti Peyton Manning comments coming from Pats fans. Peyton is 3-1 against Brady in the AFCC.

    —————–
    The 2006 AFCCG where the Colts came back to beat the Patriots was probably Peyton’s finest performance ever. This last AFCCG the Broncos won in spite of Peyton. But as a Pats fan I have nothing but respect for Peyton.

  108. 345snarkavenue says: May 26, 2016 10:45 AM

    routerunner says:
    May 26, 2016 9:11 AM

    I’m working on a book tentatively titled “The Peyton Manning Path to Success”. Right now I have five chapters outlined. Anyone have suggestions?

    1. Born with a silver spoon.
    2. Accepting accolades from fans and media
    3. Product shilling and brand whoring 101
    4. How to cheat for 20 years and have no one care
    5. Cut and run: Retiring as the charade is ending.

    ———-

    how about these:

    – The Art of the Fetal Position Dive
    – Taking the Credit When You Win; Throwing Your Teammates Under the Bus When You Lose

  109. blessedunliketherest says: May 26, 2016 10:47 AM

    Look at all of the anti Peyton Manning comments coming from Pats fans. Peyton is 3-1 against Brady in the AFCC.
    _________________________________________

    Hater logic: Brady won his first 3 SBs because of a stellar defense – he is a system QB. Who cares that Brady owns Manning in head-to-head match-ups over their careers, because its a TEAM sport. Oh, by the way Manning is 3-1 vs. Brady is AFCC games. Its a TEAM sport only when Brady wins, not when Manning wins.

    See the hypocrisy here?

  110. blessedunliketherest says: May 26, 2016 10:49 AM

    Look at all of the anti Peyton Manning comments coming from Pats fans. Peyton is 3-1 against Brady in the AFCC.
    _________________________________________

    Just out of curiosity, do you think Manning would rather be 3-1 vs. Brady in AFCC games or 4-2 in SBs?

  111. nwhmpshr says: May 26, 2016 10:58 AM

    PAYaTON wouldn’t have broken toms TD record without cheating.Strip his record season due to PED use.Open up new investigations on this fraud and especially the White House style coverup and damage control operation he funded.

  112. billytodd2013blbaad says: May 26, 2016 10:59 AM

    kinda hard to sue them when you know their story is true.

  113. hugeheavywoman says: May 26, 2016 11:00 AM

    The story was recanted. Damages are minimal. And who cares? Do you want the NFL to suspend him from Papa John’s?

  114. hugeheavywoman says: May 26, 2016 11:04 AM

    Brady wouldn’t have any rings without the top notch cheating technology of the Pat’s. Look at him, slow, average arm. Not a top 50 qb by an means.

  115. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: May 26, 2016 11:06 AM

    GOAT of the patty cake era.

  116. goodellMustGo says: May 26, 2016 11:20 AM

    Just out of curiosity, do you think Manning would rather be 3-1 vs. Brady in AFCC games or 4-2 in SBs?


    Brady is the winningest quarterback in postseason history. PEDton is the losingest.

    The end.

    🙂

  117. lambeauheap says: May 26, 2016 11:24 AM

    P.S. Who would call someone the deflator in text messages??? come on!

    As pats fans, we need to stop engaging people like this. No matter how many times you give the haters and answer to their fake fact based questions they just go on different boards and say the same thing.

    No one called anyone the deflator. Dorito Dink called himself that talking to JJ in MAY 2014.

    “Brady destroyed his cell phone when he was walking into the interview w Wells”

    I personally love that one. Not even worth arguing since it is completely inaccurate and made up.

  118. lambeauheap says: May 26, 2016 11:27 AM

    Peyton Manning is definitely not guilty either.

    It is PERFECTLY explainable that someone who has 4 neck surgeries and can’t lift a greasy slice of pizza to his mouth goes out the next year and breaks the GOATs single season TD record. And then magically once HGH is tested for goes back to looking like a geriatric.

    PERFECTLY EXPLAINABLE = your god is a fraud

  119. murraysons says: May 26, 2016 11:29 AM

    Can’t sue the truth bucko.

  120. blessedunliketherest says: May 26, 2016 11:30 AM

    Brady wouldn’t have any rings without the top notch cheating technology of the Pat’s. Look at him, slow, average arm. Not a top 50 qb by an means.
    _________________________________________

    haha what a joke. If you believe the unfounded, unproven allegations, there was warm Gatorade, people sneaking into hotels to steal play sheets, a fat guy sneaking into a bathroom to deflate footballs by 0.2 PSI, etc. etc. Again, all this is unproven crap that carries the same weight as the boogyman, but even if you are dumb enough to believe it, I would hardly call that “top notch cheating technology”.

    Not a top 50 QB? Even the most ardent haters will likely distance themselves from that ridiculous comment. Brady is the GOAT.

  121. thejesusofcool says: May 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    Brady is the winningest quarterback in postseason history. PEDton is the losingest.

    The end.
    ___________________________________
    Steve Grogan anyone?

  122. superpatriotsfan says: May 26, 2016 11:42 AM

    routerunner says:
    May 26, 2016 9:11 AM

    I’m working on a book tentatively titled “The Peyton Manning Path to Success”. Right now I have five chapters outlined. Anyone have suggestions?

    1. Born with a silver spoon.
    2. Accepting accolades from fans and media
    3. Product shilling and brand whoring 101
    4. How to cheat for 20 years and have no one care
    5. Cut and run: Retiring as the charade is ending.

    ———-

    how about these:

    – The Art of the Fetal Position Dive
    – Taking the Credit When You Win; Throwing Your Teammates Under the Bus When You Lose

    I’m gonna work on a book for the Tom Brady success

    1) Have a coach cheat for you
    2) When the coach stops cheating, you cheat
    3) Have a defense that bails you out
    4) Have refs bail you out with obtuse rules
    5) Bitch at refs without repercussion
    6) Get the owner of the team you play on pay the commish’s salary.

  123. superpatriotsfan says: May 26, 2016 11:44 AM

    Tom Brady is the best cheater that the NFL has seen. Next biggest cheater would be Bill Belichick then Josh McDaniels, then Teddy Bruschi oh wait, it’s all Patriots.

  124. granadafan says: May 26, 2016 11:50 AM

    Just as we thought. His blustering bravado and chest puffing by all the Mannings from Cooper to Archie with the lawsuits threat was just a gigantic PR stunt in the run up to the Super Bowl. The Manning PR group were hoping that they would meekly “drop” the lawsuit when all the publicity died down.

    Kudos to PFT for keeping this story alive and not letting Manning get away with it.

  125. revren10 says: May 26, 2016 11:58 AM

    An innocent man also doesn’t send his two goons to someone’s house impersonating law enforcement.

  126. cornerstone2001 says: May 26, 2016 12:03 PM

    Hilarious…..Pats fans professing Mannings guilt when defending Brady’s guilt

  127. cornerstone2001 says: May 26, 2016 12:06 PM

    goodellMustGo says:
    May 26, 2016 9:28 AM
    The difference between Peyton and Brady?


    Brady is the GOAT, Peyton is not.:) Oh and Peyton is also a PED cheat.

    27 5
    Report comment

    …Brady is a cheater. Manning is a cheater.

    GOAT?

    JOE MONTANA!

  128. kindbass says: May 26, 2016 12:12 PM

    Manning would have been out of the league in 2011 without drugs. Couldn’t throw a football 15 feet and a year later he’s throwing 55 TD’s. HugeGiantHead is the Barry Bonds of football.

  129. veddermn8 says: May 26, 2016 12:13 PM

    jmdanieli says: May 26, 2016 9:53 AM

    gysot says:
    May 26, 2016 9:23 AM

    If there is ever an NFL investigation into this two things are facts.
    1. There will not be texts found between Peyton and an individual known as “The Injector”
    2. Peyton will not be destroying cell phones on his way to a hearing.

    Facts.
    …………………

    Facts:

    Brady handed over all cell data (and went above and beyond and provided emails as well, which were promptly leaked by the NFL who promised privacy) and NFL also interviewed everyone they thought had information they needed. Peyton Manning has provided no such information and is impeding any investigation by not opening the files.

    Doesn’t mean he is guilty at all, but if you are comparing the two cases , Brady was astronomically more cooperative than Peyton. And further, I think the NFL’s horrific character assault on Brady and his privacy is rightfully making Peyton very hesitant.
    Facts.

  130. limakey says: May 26, 2016 12:16 PM

    This is a smart move on Manning’s part. This just isn’t about him, it is also about his wife. Defamation suits are enormously expensive and even if he wins, do you think it will change any one’s mind?

  131. wetookavote says: May 26, 2016 12:35 PM

    Pats fans for the last 15 months: “There’s no proof! Balls deflate differently in Foxboro! ‘The deflator’ was just trying to lose weight! Brady always destroys his cell phones except when he doesn’t! You’re all just jealous! There’s no proof!”

    Pats fans today: “It doesn’t matter that there’s no proof! It doesn’t matter that the original source retracted his story! It doesn’t matter that the whole story has been riddled with inconsistencies from the beginning! Peyton is obviously guilty because only Tommy is good at that age! You don’t need proof when something is so obvious!”

    Stay hypocritical my friends. We expect nothing less from the most hypocritical fan base in sports.

  132. ryanvanslooten says: May 26, 2016 12:39 PM

    “Aw, shucks, you know, it just ain’t worth the neck ache to pursue this any further. I just want to enjoy my retirement by drinking lots of beer, BUDWEISER, and eating tons of pizza, PAPA JOHNS.” – Peyton Manning

  133. mmack666 says: May 26, 2016 12:40 PM

    I wonder if Manning destroyed his cell phone…too!

  134. animalkindness says: May 26, 2016 1:00 PM

    As usual the Pats fans, in an effort to make themselves feel better about Brady, are jumping on this like white on rice.
    Well enjoy it for now, your day in court is coming very, very soon.

  135. hairpie2 says: May 26, 2016 1:11 PM

    Its funny how everyone loves the pampered, lying first over all pick that has had everything handed to him his entire life, but people hate the guy that was the 199 pick that worked his butt off to get where he is and is fighting to clear his name because he DIDNT lie and cheat.

  136. Martin says: May 26, 2016 1:17 PM

    Brady is saying to the NFL “please, show the world what you have against me”.

    Manning is saying to AJ “that’s ok, let’s keep this to ourselves”.

    Denver Broncos *

  137. goodellMustGo says: May 26, 2016 1:30 PM

    Brady’s case is made-up cheating completely fabricated and invented by the league. Anyone with a brain recognizes that and accepts that as the fact that it is.

    In Manning’s case it’s real cheating and matters so much more. Not just the fact he took a banned substance. If he took it because he loved the game so much and wanted to get back out there it’s one thing. But it’s more egregious that he is pointing fingers at his wife, trying to sell us a silly story that his wife would go to a shady clinic with real tangible connections to the biggest PED scandal in US History to get a “fertility drug”…. instead of going to her own obgyn clinic.

    #NiceTry
    #IAintBuyingWhatYerSelling
    #Cheat

  138. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 26, 2016 1:35 PM

    A case could be made that deflated footballs helped Brady get past the Ravens and on to win the SB. Manning’s HGH use helped him break NFL records. Nobody will remember Manning’s tainted records but everybody will remember Brady tainted SB.

  139. nhpats says: May 26, 2016 1:38 PM

    Can anybody explain why a healthy woman in her 30s would need to get counterfeit Chinese HGH from the Guyer Institute?

  140. limakey says: May 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    NHPats, is it really any of our business? However, I have read Mrs. Manning was having a hard time conceiving. I think the twins are four years old.

  141. lambeauheap says: May 26, 2016 4:12 PM

    Stay hypocritical my friends. We expect nothing less from the most hypocritical fan base in sports.

    Yes, aside from the fact that there is definitive evidence against PEDton and only circumstantial at best evidence against Brady.

    We know that Manning received HGH

    We don’t KNOW what was going on with the balls. Tom says he didn’t do it. I’ll believe the guy who has shown exemplary trustworthiness in his career over a guy that had a trainer belittled and fired because she was going to get him in trouble.

  142. lambeauheap says: May 26, 2016 4:14 PM

    And btw, no one is NE cares what the lovable loser actually did. It’s just the astonishing hypocrisy that bothers us when its your guy who’s in trouble vs. our guy.

    Hate on though….

  143. lapantherfan86 says: May 26, 2016 6:41 PM

    But, but, he said he would! And he’s NEVER lied before! Wonder why he didn’t want an official investigation into his medical records…?

  144. jmdanieli says: May 26, 2016 6:52 PM

    limakey says:
    May 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    NHPats, is it really any of our business? However, I have read Mrs. Manning was having a hard time conceiving. I think the twins are four years old.
    ================================
    HGH is not used for infertility.

  145. mmack66 says: May 26, 2016 9:34 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 26, 2016 1:35 PM

    A case could be made that deflated footballs helped Brady get past the Ravens and on to win the SB. Manning’s HGH use helped him break NFL records. Nobody will remember Manning’s tainted records but everybody will remember Brady tainted SB.
    ———————————-

    That was a memorable Super Bowl. Pats came back twice, and Brady had a record setting performance.

    You should know, being a Pats fan and all.

    Oh, wait.

  146. ibillwt says: May 26, 2016 10:39 PM

    Surprise surprise. I bet he and Cosby don’t sue the women they assaulted either.

  147. animalkindness says: May 27, 2016 8:49 AM

    Hey limakey: Educate yourself before you open your yap, read Human Growth Hormone = Secret Fertility Weapon?
    Google it

  148. gysot says: May 27, 2016 9:49 AM

    146 comments on a story about Peyton Manning taking the high road. 141 of the comments are from fans of the boston cheaters attempting to bring him down to their level. Pathetic.

  149. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 9:58 AM

    HGH is not used for infertility.


    Especially HGH from shady overseas sources with connections to the biggest PED scandal in US history.

    PEDton apologists can stay in denial if they wish. I prefer common sense to recognize the obvious. I mean.. is it really that difficult?

  150. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 10:04 AM

    It doesn’t matter that the original source retracted his story!


    Sure it was……after a couple of hired goons “visited” the Sly family. Did you forget that last part?

    #NahYouDidntForgetYerJustInDenial
    #YourBoyIsADirtyStinkingCheat
    #EatIt

  151. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 10:17 AM

    I hate cheaters. No I loathe them with a passion.

    I’m so glad Brady never did it. I wasn’t sure for a while but it’s clear to anyone with a brain that he didn’t despite the league’s continued efforts to convince us otherwise. I prefer integrity to be associated with the 4 time World Champion Patriots. We win the right way through hard work, being smart and paying attention to detail. We play and win as a TEAM not a collection of separate taxi cabs.

    PEDton is a dirty filthy cheat who despicably used his wife’s name to cover up his cheating. He belongs in the HOF just as much as Bonds belongs in baseball’s, which is to say not at all.

    *

    #FactsAreFacts
    #TruthIsTruth
    #TheTruthHurts

  152. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 10:19 AM

    HugeGiantHead is the Barry Bonds of football.

    —-
    Yep.

  153. gysot says: May 27, 2016 10:20 AM

    Never argue with cheaters…they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  154. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 10:28 AM

    PEDton* should have taken advice from ex NY Yankee Andy Pettitte. Pettitte also cheated with HGH but he owned up to it, said that he just wanted to heal quickly to get back on the field, and apologize. Now he is looked at favorably by baseball fans.

    No using his wife as a shield, no lies and denials, no hired professional spin doctors, no using his family’s connections around ESPN and the league to squash the story and certainly no hired goons showing up at the source’s family home.

    Heh. Go figure.

    🙂

  155. goodellMustGo says: May 27, 2016 11:08 AM

    If Ashley Manning had a legitimate reason for HGH, there would be no chance whatsoever she would be getting it shipped to her home by the dubious “Geyer Institute”. They’d have a legit doctor give it to her, one willing to vouch for them.


    Ding! Ding! Ding!

    We have a WINNER!

    🙂

    #PerfectlySaid

  156. revren10 says: May 29, 2016 12:25 PM

    gysot says:
    May 27, 2016 10:20 AM

    Never argue with cheaters…they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    I’m guessing you never argue with Peyton or Von Miller

  157. throwingstones20 says: May 31, 2016 11:29 AM

    Guilty people don’t fight back because they do not want the truth to come out. (Peyton Manning)

    Innocent people fight because they want the truth to come out. (Tom Brady)

    But all you sheep keep up the hating.

  158. imodan says: May 31, 2016 12:35 PM

    sufferingbirdsfan says:
    May 26, 2016 6:05 AM

    Smart move. You’re busted. Take your lumps and let it fade away. See how it’s done, Tom?
    —————————————————-
    Take his lumps? Seriously? Did his team lose a first and fourth round draft choice? A million bucks? Suspended 4 games? What lumps do you speak of? That huge thing on top of his neck?

  159. ibillwt says: May 31, 2016 10:03 PM

    I doubt his cohorts Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton will be sueing either.

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