July 25, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
NFL exonerates Peyton Manning of any HGH use or PED use
The NFL announced that it's determined that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn't use human growth hormone or performance-enhancing drug policy following an investigation. The league announced that it "found no credible evidence" of the allegations in an Al-Jazeera America report that Manning's wife, Ashley, received deliveries of HGH in 2011. Before making its final determination, the NFL interviewed Manning and his wife, Ashley, who were "fully cooperative with the investigation," according to the league. The NFL also received medical records pertinent to the case and, after reviewing them and the interviews, determined there wasn't any evidence that any violation had occurred. The NFL Players Association also issued a statement later Monday about Manning, who retired earlier this offseason. "As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest," the NFLPA's statement said. "The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights." The league still is planning to interview Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and James Harrison. Each player sent written affidavits to the NFL, but the league wants to interview each player. "On January 11, 2016, the league notified Messrs. Peppers, Neal, Matthews and Harrison that it had initiated an investigation following the airing of the Al-Jazeera America documentary, which raised serious issues concerning their possible violation of the NFL/NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances," the NFL wrote in a letter to the NFLPA last month. "The players were further advised that, with their full and timely cooperation, the investigation would be conducted expeditiously and with minimal disruption. "While the investigation has proceeded, we have yet to interview the players. We have attempted since early April to work through the NFLPA to schedule them, but despite multiple requests the NFLPA has failed to respond, except to seek reconsideration of the basis for the investigation. This continuing delay and avoidance has obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation. "In fairness to all, including the players involved, we must move forward with the interviews. Accordingly, this will advise that the interviews of Messrs. Peppers, Matthews and Harrison will be scheduled for the first day of their respective training camps, and the interview of Mr. Neal [free agent] will take place on or before July 22. The players will be advised of the specific scheduling details by separate correspondence on which the NFLPA will be copied, and of course an NFLPA representative may attend each interview should the player so request." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.