Peyton Manning is pissed. The NFL player vehemently denies claims on behalf of an Al Jazeera report that states he used performance-enhancing drugs.
The report about Peyton Manning was allegedly based on recordings made by a former intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging institute. The intern reportedly now admits to fabricating the allegations.
— CNN (@CNN) December 28, 2015
On Sunday, Peyton Manning spoke to ESPN, expressing his anger, not only because the purported allegations targeted him, but because they also targeted his wife Ashley, too. The allegations said the drugs were sent via Manning's wife.
"I can't speak for any other athlete. I know what I've done, I know how hard I've worked in my 18 years of playing in the NFL. There are no shortcuts in the NFL. I've done it the long way, I've done it the hard way. And to insinuate anything otherwise is a complete and total joke, it's defamation and it really ticks me off," Peyton Manning told ESPN.
Both the Broncos and the Colts issued statements on Sunday morning on Peyton Manning's behalf.
"Knowing Peyton Manning and everything he stands for, the Denver Broncos support him 100 percent," the team said. "These are false claims made to Al Jazeera, and we don't believe the report."
The Colts called the report "utterly ridiculous."
"We are thoroughly familiar with Peyton's tireless work habits, his medical history, and, most importantly, his integrity," the Colts said.
"We also note that the 'source' of this allegation has since recanted his story."
— E! Online (@eonline) December 28, 2015
The Al Jazeera report said Peyton Manning received HGH from the Indianapolis anti-aging clinic in 2011 while he was playing for the Colts. It said the drug was delivered to his wife so Manning's name wasn't associated with the shipments.
In addition to Peyton Manning, the Al Jazeera report also accused other athletes of obtaining performance-enhancing drugs.
Did you doubt Peyton Manning's integrity--even if only for a moment or two--when this false report came out?