As Peyton Manning prepares for what could be his final swansong in the NFL in Super Bowl 50, the league has confirmed today that it is looking into recent off-field allegations concerning the Denver Broncos quarterback.
As reported by the Associated Press, the NFL will look into the claims that Manning used Human Growth Hormone, or had it delivered to his house, back in 2011.
The claims center around a December 2015 report from Al Jazeera in which it was alleged the veteran QB's wife had received HGH from an Indianapolis clinic during the time Manning was recovering from his well-documented neck injury.
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Manning has publicly ridiculed the claims - which focus on the account of a 2011 intern at an anti-aging clinic in Indy - describing the accusations as "complete garbage."
Yet, as you might expect considering the potential ramifications of such a story, the NFL is keen to conduct their own investigation.
In fact, according to today's reports, the league actually began the investigation "weeks ago," and, per their spokesperson, Brian McCarthy, they will be working in "coordination with other agencies."
Big few weeks
The time, what with the Broncos having progressed to Super Bowl 50, is somewhat unfortunate.
With Manning busy preparing for what many feel with be his final swansong in the NFL, the cloud of allegations will likely loom over the occasion as the investigation's findings are not expected until after the February 7 showdown with the Carolina Panthers.
Since the original Al Jazeera story, no direct evidence concerning Peyton Manning has been reported.