NFL investigation clears Peyton Manning of doping allegations

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The NFL’s seven-month investigation into allegations that Peyton Manning used performance enhancing drugs has concluded that the former quarterback is innocent of any wrongdoing.

Al-Jazeera America claimed last year that Manning had received human growth hormone [HGH] through his wife while recovering from neck surgery in 2011. Manning strongly denied the allegations and on Monday the NFL confirmed he had been cleared.

“Following a comprehensive seven-month investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, the NFL found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, it was announced today,” the league said in a statement.

“The Mannings were fully cooperative with the investigation and provided both interviews and access to all records sought by the investigators. Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review. Separately, the NFL’s investigation continues into the documentary’s allegations made against other NFL players, which involve different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”

The NFL did not give full details of its investigation, and did not state whether it received records from the Guyer Institute in Indianapolis, where Manning’s wife, which was allegedly the source of the drugs provided to the former Colts and Broncos quarterback. Manning retired early this year after winning the Super Bowl with Denver.

The league said it will continue its investigation into allegations against other players in the documentary, including Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, as well as Steelers veteran James Harrison. 

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