Peyton Manning may go down as one of the best quarterbacks in both the college and professional ranks.
But that legacy may be in jeopardy.
A documentary from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reportedly revealed that Manning received human growth hormone from an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic back in 2011.
HGH is a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL.
The report also alleges that other notable athletes also used performance-enhancing drugs in sports across the globe.
Manning, who has been the NFL MVP a record five times, missed the 2011 season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. After undergoing neck surgery, the documentary alleges the former Tennessee quarterback received the growth hormone from the medical personnel at the clinic, who mailed it to Manning by addressing it to his wife, Ashley.
“All the time, we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” said Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who worked at the clinic in 2011, said in the video.
“Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida, and it would never be under Peyton’s name. It would always be under her name.
Sly alleged that Manning and his wife would go to the clinic after normal business hours for treatment.
The 2011 season was Manning’s last in Indianapolis. The following year, he signed a free-agent contract to join the Denver Broncos.
In 2011, the NFL banned the use of human growth hormone as part of the collective bargaining agreement, but did not begin to test players for it until 2014.
To this day, no NFL player has tested positive for usage.
Manning released a statement Saturday night adamantly steadfastly denying any and all of the accusations made against him.
“The allegation that I would do something like this is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened,” Manning said. “Never. I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”
Additionally, Manning’s agent denied the allegations in the report, but the statement did not deny that medical supplies were shipped to his wife.
Manning “has never done what this person is suggesting,” his agent told Al Jazeera. “The treatment he received at the Guyer Institute was provided on the advice of hs physical and with the knowledge of the team doctors and trainers.”
Expect much more reaction from this report when it airs on Sunday.
Personal statement from Peyton Manning released by the Broncos … pic.twitter.com/O5pJuwzWGF
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 27, 2015