Charlie Sly, a pharmacist at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic called the “Guyer Institute,” brought up Manning on a secret recording, claiming the clinic mailed HGH and other drugs to Manning’s wife Ashley.
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.”
The NFL banned HGH in 2011, but did not begin testing until 2014. No one was caught in the first year of testing.
Manning’s agent termed the allegation “outrageous and wrong” but confirmed treatment at the Guyer Institute and did not dispute the drugs were mailed to his 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 said.
Sly, informed of the upcoming report, recanted all statements.
UPDATE: Peyton Manning issued an unequivocal denial, terming the allegation “complete garbage.”