Packers trio deny links to doping dealer

Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:31am EST
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Three Green Bay Packers NFL players named in an Al-Jazeera television report into the use of performance-enhancing drugs have denied any wrongdoing and labeled the allegations a “fabrication.”

Linebackers Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were named in the report by Charlie Sly, who was filmed undercover saying he provided drugs, including banned performance-enhancing drugs, to a number of NFL and baseball players.

Before the Al-Jazeera report was broadcast on Sunday, Sly issued a statement recanting the claims he was shown making in the film.

"The statements on any recordings or communications that Al-Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said.

“To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al-Jazeera plans to air.”

In a follow-up email to Al-Jazeera, Sly said that when he was speaking on camera, he was "in no state of mind to be making any coherent statements as I was grieving the death of my fiance."

Sly had alleged that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had used human growth hormone (HGH) as part of his rehabilitation from a neck injury in 2011. Manning has strenuously denied the claim.

Regarding the Packers, Sly said he had spent weeks in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and that Neal had introduced him to other players.   Continued...

January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) before playing against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports