Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became emotional during an exclusive ESPN interview concerning his alleged use of human growth hormone in 2011.
“I think I rotate between being angry, furious and on and on,” when asked what he thought of the yet-to-be broadcast report by Al Jazeera Investigative Unit that leaked on Saturday. “Disgusted is really how I feel. (I’m) sickened by it. I’m not sure I understand how someone can make something up about somebody and admit that he made it up and yet it somehow gets published in a story. I don’t understand that.”
A report surfaced Saturday that Manning had taken HGH while he was recovering from neck surgery that caused him to miss the 2011 NFL season. The report cites a man named Charlie Sly, who was reportedly a pharmacist at The Guyer Institute, an anti-aging clinic, in Indianapolis. Sly has reportedly said since that he was just a student intern at the time and recanted his story, saying that he made up the allegations to impress the reporter, who he thought was interested in HGH. Manning said he has never met Sly.
“It’s completely fabricated,” the former Tennessee quarterback said Sunday. “Complete trash, garbage. There’s some more adjectives I’d like to be able to use, but it really makes me sick.”
Broncos QB Peyton Manning discusses the range of emotions he is feeling about the “garbage” allegations that he was supplied HGH in 2011, and that he is “sickened” by insinuations that he cut corners.
The original report alleged that Manning’s wife was the go-between for receiving human growth hormone. Ashley Manning had also received treatments at the center. Manning said there was “no connection” between his and his wife’s treatment at the facility and that he never took anything intended for her.
“It makes me sick that she was brought into it, her medical history, her privacy being violated,” Manning said. “I don’t understand that.”
Manning flatly denied that he’s ever used HGH or any substance banned by the NFL during his career.
“I had a bad neck and I busted my butt to get healthy…It stings me for whoever this guy is to insinuate that I cut corners, that I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy,” Manning said. “It’s a joke. It’s a freaking joke.”