There’s new information that has put the focus again on Peyton Manning in connection with a 2015 Al Jazeera America documentary that alleged several professional athletes were using performance-enhancing drugs.
Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard are suing Al Jazeera for defamation for including them in a 2015 documentary entitled The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers. Newly unsealed records obtained by The Hollywood Reporter show the network claims Manning to be their source on the matter. The records reportedly are part of the discovery documents in the defamation case.
Much of the documentary was built on conversations with Charlie Sly, who was identified as a pharmacist at Guyer Institute in Indianapolis.
“[Peyton Manning] and his wife would come in after hours and get IVs and sh–,” Sly reportedly said. “So one thing that Guyer does is he dispenses drugs out of his office, which physicians can do in the United States it’s just not very many of them do it. … And all the time we would be sending [wife] Ashley Manning drugs. Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name. … We were sending it everywhere.”
However, Sly since recanted his story, and Dr. Dale Guyer has denied that Sly was ever an employee with the Guyer Institute.
“In their communications with [law firm David Wright Tremaine], Manning’s lawyers confirmed much of what Sly had said,” states unsealed court papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Manning’s camp has since responded, releasing a statement to THR on Friday morning.
“Al Jazeera’s self-serving claim that Peyton Manning’s attorneys ‘confirmed’ Al Jazeera’s allegations about Peyton Manning is absolutely false. In fact, information was provided to Al Jazeera that confirmed the Al Jazeera allegations about Peyton Manning were unfounded. In addition, the sole source for Al Jazeera’s allegations has publicly recanted them. Moreover, the NFL conducted an extensive investigation of the claims raised in Al Jazeera’s programs and found no evidence to support them. This is a desperate move by Al Jazeera to distract the courts from its own wrongdoing.”
The NFL’s investigation into this matter ended in 2016 with “no credible evidence.”
Tennessee alum Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in January 2016, not long after the Al Jazeera report aired and the network shut down.