If you watched Peyton Manning wishing the ball down the field last year, it seemed pretty obvious he wasn’t juicing. Today, the NFL announced that it has cleared Peyton Manning of all allegations stemming from an Al-Jazeera America report that he received PED shipments in his wife’s name.
The flimsily sourced story was based on secretly taped conversations with Charles Sly, an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic. Sly later recanted the accusations. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first with the report.
After a seven-month investigation, NFL has determined that Peyton Manning did not use HGH nor any other PED, sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2016
Manning has fiercely denied the reports since they first surfaced in December. He played the remainder of the season without addressing the issue. He voluntarily agreed to participate in the NFL investigation, providing statements and medical records even though he was no longer subject to the league discipline as a retired player.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that Tom Brady should take some notes son how Manning managed his scandal, compared to his Deflategate debacle.
“Both strongly denied it. Both also then, just wanted to get through the season, and both, ironically, won a Super Bowl that season. The difference is Peyton Manning didn’t extend it. ‘Here, we’ll cooperate, it’s garbage’, do behind the scenes, let it go. Brady, ‘I’m gonna fight it. I’m gonna destroy my phone.’ I think Brady did a bad job on how to deal with that story.”
Colin also strongly believes that the Al-Jazera is a perfect example of the declining standard of internet influenced journalism, where it’s more important to be first than right.
“This story always felt like to me, it wouldn’t have run in most decades. But now, not completely buttoned up, you run it because you want to get it out there, and you’re getting beaten on stories by the internet and the blogs.”
In a tale of two scandals, Peyton Manning rides into the sunset – probably in a Buick – while Brady rides into a four game suspension and questions surrounding his legacy.