Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has angrily denounced a report that he used human growth hormone while recovering from a neck injury in 2011.
“Angry, furious, disgusted is really how I feel,” Manning told Lisa Salters on ESPN. “Sickened by it. I’m not sure I understand how someone can make something up about somebody, admit that he made it up, and yet somehow it’s published in a story. I don’t understand that.”
A former Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine intern says that Manning received HGH. Manning says he has no idea who the intern is and that the story, which the intern has since recanted, is false. Manning acknowledges that he went to the Guyer clinic during his recuperation with the Colts’ medical staff to use a hyperbaric chamber, and he said the Colts knew everything he was doing.
“It’s completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage,” he said.
Part of the report is that HGH was sent to Manning’s wife, which he said has no bearing on him.
“It makes me sick that it brings Ashley into it, her medical history being violated,” Manning said. “Any medical treatment that my wife received, that’s her business.”
As for his current recuperation from a foot injury, Manning said he’s working hard and hoping to be ready to play soon, while continuing to help Brock Osweiler. At the moment, however, Manning’s past is getting more scrutiny than his future.