NFL finds ‘no credible evidence’ that Peyton Manning used HGH, clears QB after investigation
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Football League cleared Peyton Manning of any wrongdoing after investigating the former Colts and Broncos quarterback’s alleged use of human growth hormone.
A story that broke December 2015 from Al-Jazeera America accused Manning of using HGH while he was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. At the time he was recovering from a neck injury that led to multiple surgeries and the loss of an entire NFL season. The Colts later released Manning, who would eventually sign with the Denver Broncos.
Manning derided the report as “garbage” and said in a statement from the Broncos that it “never happened.” Nonetheless, the NFL launched an investigation into the case, which centered around the Indianapolis-based Guyer Institute.
The report claimed the clinic shipped HGH to Manning’s wife so Peyton Manning’s name wouldn’t show up in its records. A former intern at the clinic later recanted the claim, but the NFL proceeded with its investigation.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the league found “no credible evidence” that Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league.
The NFL said Manning and his wife, Ashley, were “fully cooperative” during the league’s investigation into the matter. They provided interviews and access to medical records, the league said.
The league continues its investigation into other NFL players named in the report.