INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) - The NFL says an independent and comprehensive review is underway involving several players accused of doping. One of those is Peyton Manning.
Last month, Al Jazeera television aired a reported that a former intern at the Guyer Institute on the city’s north side claimed that Peyton Manning's wife received deliveries of human growth hormone (HGH) to their home in 2011 while Manning was recovering from neck surgery.
The intern has recanted the claim since the report aired, but the NFL is still conducting the review. Manning has denied the claims and the Colts said the Al Jazeera report was utterly ridiculous and absurd.
This comes as Manning prepares for Super Bowl 50 in what could be his last pro game.
A local sports marketing expert says Manning’s health was under extreme scrutiny during that time and believes doping goes against everything Manning stands for as an exceptional pro athlete.
“I think it’s really hard to believe. Peyton Manning has an incredibly strong brand and part of that brand, the foundation of it is integrity,” said sports marketing expert Ken Ungar from U/S Sports Advisors.
The NFL says the review is independent, but it is working with Major League Baseball and the United State Anti-Doping Agency.
The review will not be completed before the Super Bowl and could take several months. We’re told Manning may file a lawsuit against Al Jazeera for defamation after the season.