HGH use by any player during lockout may not have been violation of NFL rules

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Ari Fleischer, hired P.R. gun for Peyton Manning, has pointed out that Manning never failed a drug test for HGH. This claim overlooks the reality that the NFL didn’t test for HGH until September 2014.

Prior to that, all players were on the honor system. And with various players suggesting over the years both on and off the record that plenty of players were using HGH, it would be easy for someone to rationalize using it, based on the notion that plenty of the other players on the field used it, too.

Then there’s the fact that, during the 2011 lockout (which lasted more than four months, from March 11 through late July), players arguably were free to do whatever they wanted to do, because the NFL had no jurisdiction over them. That theory applies even more forcefully to guys like Manning, who was a free agent after the 2010 season and didn’t sign a new contract with the Colts until July 31.

While HGH use under the circumstances alleged by Al Jazeera would have violated the law, it potentially violated no policy of the NFL, since there were no policies to be violated because the union had shut down and the league had locked out all players pending the negotiation of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If the NFL chooses to investigate this matter (for now, the NFL has said nothing), it’s an important point to keep in mind.

22 responses to “HGH use by any player during lockout may not have been violation of NFL rules

  1. I saw people posting on another Manning thread that hgh wasn’t illegal before the most recent CBA and you’re wrong.

    It wasn’t tested for but it was illegal and players were suspended for it for 4 games for PED use prior to 2011.

  2. So the guy who denied any wrongdoing now provides loopholes juuuuuuust in case. I hope the media digs into this hard because if true this makes spygate and deflategate pale in comparison. Those were some big names that dude threw out there and claiming half the Packer team visited him could be, shall we say, explosive? This may well have been a reason the Packers stunk the house up today.

  3. Ari Fleischer, hired P.R. gun for Peyton Manning, has pointed out that Manning never failed a drug test for HGH. This claim overlooks the reality that the NFL didn’t test for HGH until September 2014.
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    Gee, the NFL has never tested me positive for HGH either. Do I get points for that?

  4. Does anyone care that the guy in question didn’t even work at the institution in 2011? He wasn’t even living in the state of Indiana. He had a 3 month unpaid internship there for 3 months starting in 2013… at the time that Peyton was in Denver.

    The fact that Al Jazeria said they “verified” he worked there in 2011 tells you all you need to know about how hard they try to vet this story. The guy said he even mentioned Derek Jeters name, but that never made it on the documentary. Why? I have no idea… Peyton may have done what they suggest he did, but I wouldn’t believe it based on this “report”.

  5. truthfactory says:
    Dec 27, 2015 8:31 PM

    Does anyone care that the guy in question didn’t even work at the institution in 2011? He wasn’t even living in the state of Indiana. He had a 3 month unpaid internship there for 3 months starting in 2013… at the time that Peyton was in Denver.

    The fact that Al Jazeria said they “verified” he worked there in 2011 tells you all you need to know about how hard they try to vet this story. The guy said he even mentioned Derek Jeters name, but that never made it on the documentary. Why? I have no idea… Peyton may have done what they suggest he did, but I wouldn’t believe it based on this “report”.
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    There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence that proves that Peyton Manning took HGH.

  6. Rubbish. That is like saying it isn’t cheating if your spouse is temporarily away (business trip, deployment, etc.) Why wasn’t there a free agency free-for-all since none of the NFL rules apply? Odd that everybody stayed with their teams except the guys that were already free agents.

    Manning was a great QB but the holier than thou BS is sickening. Let me see if i have this right so far: He never did it, but his wife’s medical treatment is her business and even if he did take ‘her meds’ it wasn’t technically against NFL rules and he never failed a test that was not administered but he will probably sue for defamation over the thing he never did and wasn’t illegal. I have no idea whether he did or didn’t take HGH but his PR campaign is highly suspect for somebody supposedly innocent.

  7. Sounds like his wife had an issue from what Payton is selling.

    Mid/late 30s woman taking some prescription hormones doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary to me.

  8. Y’all Manning haters better enjoy this before it goes away as quick as Giselle’s hubbys suspension

  9. That HGH must have worn off right around the time the Donkeys got thoroughly humiliated in the Super Bowl.

    Manning hasn’t been right since then.

  10. In Goodell’s mind, he can exercise his power under Article 46 to essentially do whatever he wants relative to player discipline – regardless of whether there is any proof. So here is his opportunity.

  11. The evidence so far indicates a more likely than not probability that Peyton Manning was generally aware that he was taking a banned substance, HGH.

    How’s THAT feel, Manning fans????

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