Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has always been a big name when discussing steroids or supplements taken by athletes. An anti-aging clinic located in Indianapolis, Manning's former home, claims they supplied the Manning family with the performance enhancing drug.
The whole ordeal started when former British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover to try and expose the amount of performance enhancing drugs that are used through professional sports. The report, which will be called "The Dark Side", was a month long investigation and will air this Sunday, December 27th.
Charlie Sly was a pharmacist who worked with the anti-aging clinic located in Indiana. During the investigation, Sly tells reporters that he was part of a team that helped Manning recover from his neck surgery in 2011. He claims they always mailed the drugs to Peyton's wife, Ashley, and never directly to Peyton. It was also reported that Manning's wife would go to the clinic after normal business hours for separate treatments.
The reason this is just coming up now is because the NFL banned HGH as part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. The league did not start testing for HGH until 2014, and no player has ever tested positive for the drug. Sly also names MLB players Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman as people who received the drug from him. Other names include Mike Tyson, as well as prescribing pain killers to Green Bay LB Clay Matthews right before games.
Manning's agent obviously went on record saying that the claims were outrageous and false. However, the statement did not deny that the drugs were shipped to Ashley Manning.
As is the case with many breaking stories, a lot of the information released immediately will be subject to investigation. As time passes, more information will be made available to the public, but for now this will absolutely be a headline story.
By Matt Watts