CBS Sports NFL writer Will Brinson discusses a report in the Huffington Post about an upcoming Al Jazeera investigative report linking Peyton Manning and his wife to the use of human growth hormone. The Broncos QB disputes the report.
The Broncos QB disputes the report, but on Sunday acknowledged he visited a clinic that allegedly supplied the banned substance.
Manning, who missed the entire 2011 National Football League season with a serious neck injury, says the news network’s report is completely fabricated. Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts that year.
“Disgusted is how I feel, sickened,” he told ESPN on Sunday in his first interview since the report was made public. “In 2011, when I more or less had a broken neck, four neck surgeries, I busted my butt to get healthy. I saw a lot of doctors.”
Asked if he had ever used HGH, Manning said “absolutely not” but he acknowledged he visited the Guyer Clinic to use a hyperbaric chamber and receive various other treatments that he said were not banned.
“Everything was under Colts’ authorization,” he said. “Time ended up being probably my best medicine, along with a lot of hard work.”
Earlier, the Broncos said they support the 39-year-old quarterback 100 percent.
“These are false claims made to Al-Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report,” the team said in a statement.
The Colts also came to Manning’s defense.
“Peyton played the game in Indianapolis for 14 years the right way,” the team said. “He never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs.”
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