Allegations of HGH use against former University of Tennessee, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning have been deemed “not credible” by a panel of NFL investigators on Monday. The investigation began as a result of claims from former news outlet Al Jazeera America made in a documentary about high-profile athletes and their doping habits. In the documentary, Charlie Sly, a medical intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic, went on record about several high profile NFL players who supposedly got HGH and other substances from his clinic.
According to the allegations, the drugs were shipped to Manning’s home under his wife, Ashley’s, name. Sly later went on to recant his accusations, saying that he was being videotaped without his knowledge and was name dropping in order to impress who he thought was a potential business partner.
The league and its investigative committee stated that Peyton and his wife were fully cooperative with the investigation. The league reviewed pertinent medical records and laboratory analyses as well as personal interviews with the Mannings in making their decision.
The NFL Player’s Association released this statement following the league’s decision in regards to Manning’s acquittal and what that means for the other players accused:
“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest. The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”