ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that, after a seven-month investigation, the NFL has concluded that former quarterback Peyton Manning did not use human-growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drug. It's not hard to miss the message here: Peyton Manning fully cooperated with the investigation and was cleared, a contrast to Tom Brady, who didn't cooperate and was suspended four games for deflated footballs. Manning retired early this year after winning the Super Bowl with Denver. That report was based largely on the accusations of Charles Sly, an intern at an anti-aging clinic in Indianapolis, who has since recanted his entire story.
Not only that, but Manning remains the NFL's all-time passing touchdown leader (539), passing yards leader (71,940), and 2nd in passing completions (6,125).
Investigation is continuing into other players.
'Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL's security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. And frankly I don't have anything else to really report on it.
"Just like I said back in December, I do welcome it".
It was revealed that the Manning family were "fully cooperative" while the investigation was ongoing and they "provided both interviews" and information for investigators. The NFL conducted several interviews including one with Peyton and Ashley. Matthews, Peppers and Harrison were scheduled to be interviewed this week, on the dates they report to their respective training camps.
The former Colts and Broncos quarterback announced his retirement in March following a Super Bowl victory.
The NFL placed human growth hormone on its list of banned substances as part of its 2011 collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. Manning said in an ESPN interview the day after the film's December 27 release that he was "disgusted" and "sickened" by the HGH claims in the documentary, but did admit in that interview that he had received treatment at the Guyer Institute "under Colts authorization".