Peyton Manning, the retired Denver Broncos quarterback, didn’t use any human growth hormones (HGH) or performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during the course of his legendary career, according to a latest press release from the NFL.
Last December, Al-Jazeera America claimed that Ashley Manning, Peyton’s wife, received shipments of HGH while delivering a baby in 2011.
Peyton Manning in the clear…
On Monday, the NFL said it “found no credible evidence” after conducting a series of interviews with Ashley and Peyton Manning. The league also noted that both were “fully cooperative with the investigation”.
According to ESPN, the league also collected lifetime medical records of both Ashley and Peyton before determining that there “wasn’t any evidence that any violation had occurred”.
The NFLPA said in a statement Monday: “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.”
Manning, who retired earlier this year after winning the Super Bowl 50, had previously bashed Al-Jazeera’s report, calling it “completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage” before reiterating that he never took “any shortcuts” during his illustrious career that saw him win five MVP awards.
Packers players will still be investigated
The Al-Jazeera report also named Green Bay Packers players Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and Mike Neal in their sensational report, besides Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Those four players will be investigated in the coming months, per several reports.
Mike McCarthy, coach of the Packers, is confident that Matthews and Peppers would be proven innocent. “I have not talked to them recently [about it]; I talked to them back in the season when it first came out, and frankly I don’t have anything else to really report on it,” McCarthy said. “I have no reason to be concerned based on the conversations I’ve been a part of.”
Peyton Manning was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award at the ESPYs, the annual award ceremony that recognizes achievements in sports.