Peyton Manning’s drug scandal just got stranger

Before the end of the 2015 NFL regular season, an Al Jazeera report came out that said former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named in a drug scandal that said a shipment of human growth hormone (HGH). However, the news has gotten a whole lot stranger and it certainly doesn’t look like it is going away anytime soon.

According to a report by the New York Times, Karen Lopez-Bartlett, the ex-fiance of Charles Sly, Manning’s pharmacist, has been named a target in the investigation. She was a nurse practitioner who committed suicide just before the Al Jazeera report went public.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has began looking into Lopez-Bartlett and Sly’s relationship. Both of them have been quoted as saying that they provided HGH to several professional athletes in the past.

From the report:

“Ms. Lopez-Bartlett ran a holistic medicine clinic in a building that also houses a compounding pharmacy, where technicians mix ingredients to create personalized medicines to treat conditions including pain, impotency and fatigue. Investigators from the antidoping agency are trying to determine if her prescriptions ended up in the hands of Mr. Sly and any athletes and, if so, whether the medicines contained banned substances.”

Many professional athletes in both the NFL and the MLB were named in the report back in December. Despite Manning coming out and calling the reports “complete garbage,” it certainly doesn’t seem like this situation is going anywhere right now.

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