Peyton Manning decided to retire at the exact right time for many reasons. Mainly, his physical skills had eroded overnight. And secondly, he somehow found himself in the middle of an Al Jazeera HGH controversy shortly after winning his second Super Bowl.
Ever since his retirement, we haven’t heard or seen much from Manning, who also had to deal with renewed scrutiny around an alleged misconduct incident back when he was at Tennessee. But a nearly 7-month investigation, the NFL is concluding that there is “no credible evidence” that Manning took any performance enhancing products.
The last thing Manning wanted was for this to be our final memory of him, so he’s no doubt excited about the news. However, there will still be some doubters.
A seven-month NFL investigation “found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances,” the league announced on Monday morning.
Manning was accused in an Al Jazeera America documentary of receiving growth hormone from Guyer Institute, which was shipped to his wife, Ashley Manning. Charlie Sly, the primary source of the documentary who was videotaped talking about the doping habits of several high-profile athletes without his knowledge, immediately recanted his statements upon the release of the report.