Peyton Manning is arguably one of the most controversy-averse players in the entire National Football League.
The Denver Broncos quarterback is devoutly religious, has a children's hospital in named after him in Indianapolis, volunteered his time to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and founded the Peyback Foundation which helps disadvantaged kids.
However, controversy has now struck Manning after he was named was linked with an HGH supplier in an upcoming Al Jazeera report that will be broadcast on Sunday.
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According to an explosive reveal from the Huffington Post, the quarterback and his wife received human growth hormone in 2011.
Charlie Sly, a pharmacist at an Indiana-based anti-aging clinic called the 'Guyer Institute,' discussed Manning in a conversation that was secretly recorded, claiming that the clinic mailed HGH and other drugs to Manning’s wife, Ashley, for him to use.
Manning missed the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts after undergoing serious neck surgery. In the documentary, Sly says that he was “part of a medical team that helped [Manning] recover” from the surgery.
“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 39-year-old quarterback released a statement earlier today which said: "The allegation is complete garbage. It never happened."
The NFL banned use of HGH in 2011, but only started testing for it in 2014. No players have been caught so far.