Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit is coming out with a documentary on Sunday called “The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers” which shows a professional hurdler going undercover to expose the underground world of performance enhancing drugs.
In the documentary, plenty of big name athletes names came up as being linked to receiving performing enhancing drugs. One of the athletes named was Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning.
Manning missed the 2011 season, when he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts, after undergoing neck surgery. In the documentary, Sly tells Collins, who is taking secret video of his interactions, that he was “part of a medical team that helped [Manning] recover” from the surgery. Sly alleges that the clinic mailed growth hormone and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to them.
“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” Sly says 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.”
Manning and his wife also came to the clinic after its normal business hours for intravenous treatments, Sly tells Collins on the undercover video.
An Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, a pharmacist who once worked at the clinic asserts.
Peyton Manning has released a statement calling the report “garbage” and “totally made up”
According to the Al Jazeera report many other high-profile athletes will be exposed when the documentary debuts on Sunday.
Here’s a list athletes the report names as those who have received PED’s from the clinic.
Update: Peyton Manning’s agent has responded to the report and denies that Peyton did anything wrong but does confirm that Manning’s wife receiver HGH from the clinic.
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 his physician and with the knowledge of team doctors and trainers.”
“Any medical treatment received by Ashley is a private matter of hers, her doctor, and her family,” the agent said.
This could be a doozy.