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Report says HGH was shipped to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s wife

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The Associated Press

This is the kind of thing that shakes up a quiet weekend.

The Huffington Post reported that Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit on Sunday will air a special report that alleges an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic sent human growth hormone to Peyton Manning’s wife. HGH is a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL.

The Post, which got an advanced look at the report, said that a British hurdler named Liam Collins is behind the investigative report which looks at the use and impact of performance-enhancing drugs around the world.

As part of the investigation, Collins connected with Charlie Sly, a pharmacist based in Austin, Texas, who worked at the Guyer Institute, the clinic in Indianapolis.

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According to The Post, Sly alleges that the clinic mailed human growth hormone to Manning’s wife, Ashley Manning.

Yahoo Sports said the incident happened while Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and was rehabbing his neck following surgery.

According to the Huffington Post, “Manning’s agent denied the details of the report to Al Jazeera, calling (pharmacist Charlie) Sly’s assertions ‘outrageous and wrong.’ 

Manning also denied the allegations. In a statement Saturday night that was released by the Broncos, Manning said:

“The allegations that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never. I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.”

The Sporting News reported that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and boxer Mike Tyson were also reportedly linked to Sly.

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Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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