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News Report: QB Peyton Manning was supplied PEDs banned by NFL (1 Viewer)


Mike Neal, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, James Harrison & Dustin Keller are also mentioned amongst others.

Gotta question the sources involved here, but...




Saturday, December 26, 2015, 10:21 PM

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was supplied with a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, according to an explosive new report. An Indianapolis drug ring shipped Manning, 39, human growth hormone in 2011 while he was recovering from multiple neck surgeries, according to an Al Jazeera documentary.

But the NFL great, in a late Saturday statement, sharply denied the claims.

“The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up,” Peyton said.

“It never happened. Never. I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”

As part of an undercover investigation, a pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute anti-aging clinic in Indiana was recorded admitting that he was “part of a medical team that helped [Manning] recover,” according to Al Jazeera.

The pharmacist, Charlie Sly, claims that the clinic mailed growth hormone and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning, so that they couldn’t be traced to the then-Indianapolis Colts QB.

“All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” Sly says in the video to Liam Collins, a British hurdler who went undercover to expose the alarming prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs among top athletes.

“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.

The NFL banned human growth hormone as part of its 2011 collective bargaining agreement with players, but did not begin testing for it until 2014.Manning’s agent vehemently denied the claims, ripping Sly’s assertions as “outrageous and wrong.”

But the statement to Al Jazeera, tellingly, didn’t deny that growth hormones were shipped to Manning's 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 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 added.

The Al Jazeera report, set to be released Sunday, was shared in advance with the Huffington Post, which published details of it on Saturday.
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The credibility of the report hinges largely on whether Sly should be believed, or whether he's simply concocting stories to impress Collins. Several details lend significant credibility to Sly's assertions.

First, Sly and the ring he is associated with do, in fact, obtain drugs for Collins, which the network says it retained as evidence.In a stunning scene, Taylor Teagarden, an eight-year MLB veteran, appears in one of the undercover videos, openly discussing his use of performance-enhancing drugs during the previous season.

Al Jazeera confirmed that Sly did work at the anti-aging clinic that treated Manning; it is difficult to imagine how Sly would have had knowledge of any arrangement to ship drugs to Manning's wife if he were not operating with genuine insider knowledge. (Sly also describes an interaction with Manning, telling Collins that the quarterback is “really cool if you just sit down with him.”)

Collins, in some ways, was the perfect athlete to put at the center of the operation. He's no stranger to the shade, having himself been tied up in a fraud scam in recent years.

Beyond the allegations against Manning, the report calls into question the effectiveness of testing regimes meant to prevent performance-enhancing drug use in professional sports, from American leagues to the Olympics.

Collins’ undercover quest took him from the Bahamas, where he connected with a doctor that claimed to supply performance-enhancing drugs to Bahamian Olympic athletes, to Canada, where he met naturopathic physician Brandon Spletzer and pharmacist Chad Robertson, who devised a “cutting edge” drug program for Collins that included up to 10 injections each day.

Collins then connected with Sly, who has “taken smart drugs to a whole new level,” according to Spletzer.

“The Dark Side” paints a picture of an underground marketplace where athletes can easily obtain drugs that are hard to detect even with sophisticated drug tests like those implemented by MLB, the NFL and the Olympics. And it raises questions about how serious the owners of professional sports teams are about rooting out drug use, which can make the games more exciting and profitable, while doing damage to the bodies of players, not owners.
“No one’s got caught, because the system’s so easy to beat,” Robertson, the pharmacist, brags to Collins. “And it still is, that’s the sad fact. I can take a guy with average genetics and make him a world champion.”

Robertson designed a program for Collins that included prescription fertility and hormone drugs, other substances labeled as “not for human consumption” and illegal drugs. Sly, meanwhile, preached the effectiveness of Delta-2, a hormone supplement that is “steroidal in nature” but is not an anabolic steroid, according to online product descriptions.

“There's a bunch of football players who take this, and a bunch of baseball players who take it too," Sly tells Collins in the documentary.

“Delta-2 is not for use by anybody subject to performance-enhancing drug tests,” state online reviews for the product. Major League Baseball has banned the drug explicitly.

The report does not link Manning to Delta-2, but Sly and Robertson name multiple football players as customers, including Green Bay Packers linebacker Mike Neal. Neal, Sly says, connected him with multiple teammates, including defensive end Julius Peppers. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is another NFL player he has supplied, Sly says.

Sly also names Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman as players who received the drug from him. He also claims in the report he gave drugs to Mike Tyson.

Delta-2 is designed to stay ahead of drug tests, Sly explains on video. He tells Collins that he provided the drug to Dustin Keller, a tight end who last played for the Miami Dolphins and allegedly used Delta-2 while in college at Purdue University and then before the NFL Combine, according to Sly. (Keller did not respond to Al Jazeera’s requests for comment).

“We just used Delta-2 because it wasn’t detectable,” Sly says.

Sly also says that he provided Clay Matthews, Green Bay’s Pro Bowl linebacker, with the prescription painkiller Percocet to help him deal with pain before at least one game. He also brags in one undercover video that Matthews texted him in an attempt to obtain Toradol, a powerful painkiller that is banned in many countries but not in the United States.

Harrison, Zimmerman and Howard all denied using the drugs to the network Neal, Peppers, Matthews and Tyson did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.

Robertson, the pharmacist, and Spletzer, the neuropathic physician, did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment. Sly, when pressed by Al Jazeera, backtracked, saying that his claims about supplying the drugs to athletes were “false and incorrect.
In a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, he walked back the comments even further, saying that Collins took advantage of him while Sly was grieving the death of his fiancée.

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Reads like an Enquirer article.

Shipping them to his wife so they can't be traced to him? Please, this is too silly.


Hang 10

If Al Jazeera takes down Peyton Manning then I'd say the terrorists have officially won.

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Even if true, I'm not going to shame him. Do what you have to do, you know the consequences if caught, however. Not going to keep my head in the sand and believe that nobody takes steroids in the NFL, I'm guessing over 50%, probably closer to 80%


Hang 10

One could only imagine how many more times he would have choked without PEDs. Well maybe just add the one time he didn't.


Doug B

First, Sly and the ring he is associated with do, in fact, obtain drugs for Collins, which the network says it retained as evidence.In a stunning scene, Taylor Teagarden, an eight-year MLB veteran, appears in one of the undercover videos, openly discussing his use of performance-enhancing drugs during the previous season.
Just an aside:

It's long been known that marginal pro athletes like Teagarden use PEDs just to attain professional status. Heck, there are guys in Single-A who couldn't stay even there without PEDs of some kind.

Makes you wonder what a guy like Teagarden would be doing had PEDs never been invented. He'd never sniff MLB, right?


But, yeah, back to Manning: no human, no matter how hard they work and how good their genetics are, can go from "pretty much have to retire" in August 2011 to "ready for training camp!" in July 2012 without intense pharmaceutical treatment. No shame in that game ... human bodies just don't heal that way.

Also: no need for proof or evidence ... Adrian Peterson did similar stuff to get back to 100% after his bad knee injury a few years back. Again, no shame or judgment. Sports is what it is today.

I like the lead in to the story. Narrator chick with British accent, serious music, shots of Al Jazeera operative/investigative reporter enroute to secure the essential evidence, the proof for the story, a box of unknown sustances, obtained from where and intended for whom is unknown. Surely they are taking it to a police or government office, or perhaps to a safety deposit box in the most secure bank in Switzerland, or even to some Taliban stronghold. There is promise in the voice, the words, the music, expectation deliberately cultivated by the news agency. Where does the evidence, the smoking gun end up. Well in a storage locker of the type at your local U-Haul store.


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