INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) – A former Indianapolis Colts legend is emphatically denying he received human growth hormone from an Indianapolis clinic in 2011.
Peyton Manning is firing back at the Al Jazeera documentary that aired Sunday.
The main source in the story now says the claims against Manning aren’t true. But that hasn’t stopped widespread speculation by Colts fans who still love their hero.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” said Hannah Lindell as she watched the Colts play Sunday afternoon.
“I’m not surprised, I feel like these days almost everybody’s doing something illegal in the NFL,” said Josh Quagraine while watching the game at Kilroy’s downtown.
“I don’t believe it because Peyton is like a really good guy, but I wouldn’t be surprised either,” said Misha King.
“I don’t know the details about it, but off-the-bat I don’t believe it. I feel like he put a lot of hours in to get where he is and he built up the franchise, so I don’t believe it personally,” said Kimberly Fox.
Manning spent 14 years as a Colt. The claim is that he received human growth hormone sent to his wife as he recovered from neck surgery in 2011.
Manning denied the claim Sunday on ESPN.
“Have you ever used HGH or any performance-enhancing drug?” asked ESPN’s Lisa Salter.
“Absolutley not, absolutely not,” answered Manning.
Al Jazeera’s report claims Manning received HGH from the Guyer Institute, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic.
Watch the full report below. (The section focused on Manning begins at the 40-minute mark.)
Since the report surfaced Saturday, the main source of the story has recanted his part, telling ESPN the claims made in the story weren’t true. Manning says the recovery treatments he received from the clinic were all approved by the NFL and the Colts.
“It stings me, whoever this guy is, to insinuate that I cut corners, I broke NFL rules in order to get healthy. It’s a joke, it’s a freaking joke,” said Manning.
The now 39-year-old Manning is credited with turning around the Colts franchise, leading the team to its first Super Bowl in over three decades in 2006. Manning was the MVP.
“I just hope it’s not true, but you never know,” said Ben Jafari.
“You don’t want to believe your icons can be that kind of guy,” said King.
The treatments Manning admitted to include being in a hyperbaric chamber, blood flow treatments and nutrient IV therapy. All of those are approved by the NFL.
HGH wasn’t banned by the NFL until 2011, the same year the report says Manning used them.
Manning told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King he’ll probably sue Al Jazeera.