Quarterback Manning denies taking human growth hormone but visited clinic

Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:09pm EST
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By Andrew Both

(Reuters) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning denied an Al-Jazeera report that he took human growth hormone (HGH) following neck surgery in 2011, but on Sunday acknowledged he visited a clinic that allegedly supplied the banned substance.

Meanwhile, the source of the Al-Jazeera report that the anti-aging clinic in Indianapolis provided HGH to Manning recanted his allegations in a video statement.

Manning, who missed the entire 2011 National Football League season with a serious neck injury, says the news network's report is completely fabricated. Manning was with the Indianapolis Colts that year.

"Disgusted is how I feel, sickened," he told ESPN on Sunday in his first interview since the report was made public. "In 2011, when I more or less had a broken neck, four neck surgeries, I busted my butt to get healthy. I saw a lot of doctors."

Asked if he had ever used HGH, Manning said "absolutely not" but he acknowledged he visited the Guyer Clinic to use a hyperbaric chamber and receive various other treatments that he said were not banned.

"Everything was under Colts’ authorization," he said. "Time ended up being probably my best medicine, along with a lot of hard work."

Earlier, the Broncos said they support the 39-year-old quarterback 100 percent.

"These are false claims made to Al-Jazeera, and we don’t believe the report," the team said in a statement.   Continued...

Dec 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports