Peyton Manning is speaking out after an Al Jazeera documentary claimed he took human-growth hormone while recovering from a neck injury in 2011.
He spoke to Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King and said: “I can promise you this is a total fabrication. I simply do not understand how somebody makes up something like this and it becomes a story. And then the guy admits he made it up and it’s still a story. How exactly does that work?”
New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning rushed to his big brother's defense, saying on ESPN: “I haven't seen everything, but I think he had some strong comments about those accusations.”
Manning also vehemently denied the claims to ESPN.
In the documentary, The Dark Side: The Secret World of Sports Doping, Charlie Sly, a former pharmacy intern at Indianapolis medical clinic The Guyer, claims the elder Manning was given Human Growth Hormones during treatment for neck injuries.
Sly was secretly videotaped in an undercover investigation for Al Jazeera television. Sly said the drugs were sent to manning's wife, Ashley Manning.
In the documentary, Sly said: “All the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs, like a growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, always under her name.”
Manning fired back on ESPN, saying: “Any medical treatments that my wife receives, that's her business. That has nothing to do with me. Nothing that was sent to her and my wife has used have I ever taken. Absolutely not.”
Manning said the only treatment he got at The Guyer Institute was the use of a hyperbaric chamber at the facility.
The Denver Broncos backed their Quarterback, saying in a statement they support Manning "100 percent."
The founder of The Guyer Institute, Dr. Dale Guyer, said "Mr. Sly has fabricated this whole thing for reasons I cannot fathom."
In a video posted on YouTube, Sly went back on his comments.
“I am recanting any such statement, and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air,” he said.
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica wrote: “If you are going to ruin Manning's reputation, you need to have the goods on him. And there is no standard by which you can watch this film and come away convinced that its producers and reporters have the goods on Manning.”
Peyton Manning said he plans to sue Al Jazeera.