Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning appeared on ESPN this morning to discuss a recent report that links the future Hall of Famer to HGH shipments which were sent out in 2011.
Manning was “furious” about the report and expressed his disgust in the “garbage” claims.
“Absolutely not, absolutely not,” Manning said, via ESPN.com. “What hurts me the most about this, whoever this guy is, this slapstick trying to insinuate that in 2011, when more than less I had a broken neck — I had four neck surgeries. … 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.
“I think I rotated between being angry, furious. Disgusted is really how I feel, sickened by it. I’m trying to understand how someone can make something up about somebody, admit that he made it up and yet somehow it gets published in a story. I don’t understand that. Maybe you can explain it or somebody else can.
“It’s completely fabricated, complete trash, garbage — there’s more adjectives I’d like to be able to use. It really makes me sick.”
The original source of the Al Jazeera report said he recanted his story to the news outlet, after finding out he had received fabricated information from a source. However, a documentary linking Manning and several other pro athletes to HGH is set to air and has since been released online.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this report continues to develop.
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